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Young Cairns apprentice has a bright future

Young Cairns apprentice has a bright future

Sam Wallis has always enjoyed being in nature. “I’ve always been an outdoors person. I love camping, fishing, stuff like that,” the 19 year old said. Lucky for Sam, he is undertaking a three year horticulture apprenticeship that Cairns Regional Council (CRC) has created in support of BUSY At Work’s Cairns50 campaign. Last year Sam undertook a Work Skills Traineeship

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A traineeship can be life changing

A traineeship can be life changing

Like many young people who have left school, Ethan Johnson was at a crossroads and didn’t know what to do next with his life. After dropping out of school in year 9, Ethan got a full-time job. “I hated school. I was always in trouble and doing stupid stuff. So I started working at Maccas for 38 hours a week,

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Great partnerships contributing to employment outcomes for south-east Queenslanders

Great partnerships contributing to employment outcomes for south-east Queenslanders

With past participants in the program achieving an impressive 83% rate of ongoing employment and a further 12% going on to further training programs, they have good reason to be optimistic. Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) is a Queensland Government funded program aimed at providing essential work place skills for disadvantaged job seekers, including young people and those who have

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BUSY Assisting 50 of the Binna Burra Lodge Staff left unemployed after the fires

BUSY Assisting 50 of the Binna Burra Lodge Staff left unemployed after the fires

The historic 86 year old Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland was well known to locals and travellers alike as a refuge for bushwalkers, holiday makers and school camps. Sadly, the Lodge is now a charred ruin with an uncertain future, the recent fires devastating the heritage-listed building and the beautiful flora and fauna surrounding it. The fires

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Job Hunting Tips and Tricks

Job Hunting Tips and Tricks

With every online ad application you are completing, there can be hundreds of others competing for the same position. High odds indeed. Below are some ‘out-of-the-box’ tips for finding work! Networking: A mix of perfect timing and interacting It is estimated that approximately 60% of all jobs are not advertised. The reason for this is that before business managers decide

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Child care graduate, Damon, has big plans

Child care graduate, Damon, has big plans

“I grew up looking after my little cousins and there were plenty of them, more than you can count on two hands!  I guess that taught me what it takes to look after children. I like inspiring kids to play outdoors, kicking the ball and having fun. That’s what being a kid is about”. Damon said. Damon’s employer at Little

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Queensland Government to Announce $32 Million Incentive Program for Young Apprentices

Queensland Government to Announce $32 Million Incentive Program for Young Apprentices

The move is another strategy to address skills shortages for 139 industries and is expected to progress approximately 60,000 young people into a trade in the next four years.  These trades include electrical work, plumbing, engineering, health care, hospitality, early childhood education, baking, commercial cookery and hairdressing. In addition to incentives already offered to businesses including tax cuts for taking

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Resume Do’s and Don’ts

Resume Do’s and Don’ts

We see a lot of resumes come through our hands… these are the top tips we believe are crucial to contributing to your success in the preparation of your job specific resume! Must Do’s Ensure it looks professional by using the same fonts and the same size text (perhaps slightly larger for your headings) Stick to a Word format –

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Strange interview questions for a better hire

Strange interview questions for a better hire

Most people are aware of the standard questions that are asked in an interview and a prepared job seeker will have something rehearsed for even the most dreaded questions like ‘what would you consider to be your greatest weakness?’ or ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’ If you really want to get to know a potential candidate, throwing

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New Incentives for Hiring Apprentices Starts 1st July

New Incentives for Hiring Apprentices Starts 1st July

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) payment incentive is part of $156.3 million of the overall promised investment into the vocational education sector. The strategy is expected to encourage the uptake of 80,000 new apprentices into these identified industry roles over the next five years: Carpenters and Joiners Plumbers Hairdressers Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics Bricklayers and Stonemasons Plasterers Bakers and

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