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Apprentice and Trainee Trade commencements increase for September Quarter

Apprentice and Trainee Trade commencements increase for September Quarter

The latest apprentice and trainee data published for September 2017 quarter showed trade commencements were up 4.2% compared to September 2016 quarter. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report showed the biggest trade commencement increases in automotive and engineering (up 16.8%) and construction trades workers (up 5.5%). This increase comes despite a 3.2% decline in trade commencements for

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ABS – Jobs Growth and Female Participation Reaches Record High

ABS – Jobs Growth and Female Participation Reaches Record High

Managing Director, BUSY At Work Paul Miles said it was encouraging to see business confidence build but was concerned about the momentum of part time job growth. “Each month we have seen a pattern of continual growth in part time jobs rather than full time jobs. “This creates under-employment, meaning while people may be employed, they are not getting enough hours in their job to get ahead and therefore are simply living week to week and in many cases going backwards. “This is not sustainable, and I urge all Q

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Australia Added More Jobs but Unemployment Increases

Australia Added More Jobs but Unemployment Increases

Australia’s job growth has hit an all-time historic high with four decades of consecutive monthly growth, the longest unbroken period of growth recorded since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) started collecting data back in 1978. However, although there are more jobs it did not stop the unemployment rate creeping up slightly to 5.5% during December 2017. Snapshot (seasonally adjusted

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61,600 Jobs Created in November

61,600 Jobs Created in November

Labour Force figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show full-time employment increased for the 14th straight month in November 2017. Full-time employment grew by a further 41,900 jobs in November, while part-time employment increased by 19,700 jobs, underpinning a total increase in employment of 61,600 jobs.

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Get BUSY Get Fit Program Helps Lucas Achieve His Work Goals

Get BUSY Get Fit Program Helps Lucas Achieve His Work Goals

Twenty two year old Lucas Richardson knows how hard it can be to make ends meet when you are not getting enough work hours but his determination to improve his job readiness skills has not gone unnoticed by BUSY At Work Program Coordinator/Mentor, Robyn Donnelly. After completing a Bachelor of Music Technology and working part time at Woolworth's for a number of years, Lucas’s determination to succeed is finally starting to pay dividends.

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BUSY At Work’s Alan Kent is Ready to Make a Difference in Gladstone

BUSY At Work’s Alan Kent is Ready to Make a Difference in Gladstone

BUSY has been servicing Gladstone businesses and the community since 2006 and since commencing with BUSY just five weeks ago, Alan has been working hard to build a strong collaboration with the employment services sector, industry and the community. Having been based in Gladstone for the past 13 years, Alan is fully aware how Gladstone is constantly changing and evolving.

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Local knowledge helps Rachael hit the ground running

Local knowledge helps Rachael hit the ground running

While it’s been only been three months since Rachael Cafe took up her new role as BUSY At Work’s new Industry Training Consultant, it’s fair to say she already has a great understanding of the issues and challenges faced by local job seekers and employers. Since joining the Ipswich Mall office in August this year, Rachael has been kept very

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Gala Event marks a BUSY 40 Years of Employment Services

Gala Event marks a BUSY 40 Years of Employment Services

“It’s a great success story – for our clients and for improving Australian society through helping people into meaningful and productive work,” Mr Miles said. The BUSY Group – originally “BUSY Inc” – was founded in 1977, with a remit from then President Martin Punch to help homeless youth on the Gold Coast.

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Full-time Employment Increases for 13th Straight Month

Full-time Employment Increases for 13th Straight Month

According to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today, full-time employment has increased for the 13th consecutive month. In trend terms, full-time employment grew by a further 16,000 jobs in October, while part-time employment increased by 4,000 jobs. This reflects the continued strength in employment growth in the Australian labour market. “Full-time employment has now increased by

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Harry Takes on Ambassadorship Role For New GC101 Campaign

Harry Takes on Ambassadorship Role For New GC101 Campaign

Late last year 18 year old Harry Brickles began to seriously contemplate what career path he wanted to follow for the rest of his life. Having just finished Year 12, Harry’s school results could have given him direct entry into university but instead he decided to follow his passion and secure an automotive light vehicle apprenticeship during BUSY At Work’s GC101 campaign. Now twelve months into his apprenticeship with Grand Motors at Southport, Harry is keen to play a key role as one of six inaugural ambassadors for thi

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Max Ready To Cook Up a Storm For New GC101 Campaign

Max Ready To Cook Up a Storm For New GC101 Campaign

As the latest ambassador for BUSY At Work’s GC101 campaign, Max Hall has always had a passion for food so it’s not surprising to hear him talking enthusiastically about where this passion might take him in the future. “With cooking you learn so many things you can take into your everyday life. When you get home from work it’s reassuring to know that you have the skills to cook something really nice.” “You can have small family dinners where you can cook for everyone and they all really appreciate the hard work yo

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Silvio Backs New GC101 Campaign

Silvio Backs New GC101 Campaign

First year motor mechanic apprentice Silvio De Vito has learnt a lot during the past year. After securing an apprenticeship with Von Bibra Auto Village, Robina during BUSY At Work’s GC101 campaign last year, Silvio is keen to play a role in this year’s campaign.

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Harry Finds His Passion For Landscaping Through Transition to Work Program

Harry Finds His Passion For Landscaping Through Transition to Work Program

Three years ago Harry Lovett made the decision to quit school and take time out to consider what he wanted to do with his life. Dropping out in Year 10, the former Noosa District State High School student was determined to follow his own path and make a success of his life. After working in a couple of labouring jobs Harry decided to try his hand at landscaping and since then he hasn’t looked back.

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Dane Fast Tracks His Way into Motor Career

Dane Fast Tracks His Way into Motor Career

Ever since he was a young teenager Dane Mackie has always enjoyed tinkering with cars and watching the V8 Supercars on television. “I love working on cars and couldn’t think of a better job to have as a full time career,” Dane said. While it hasn’t always been a smooth ride for the former Noosa District State High School student, the dream of becoming a motor mechanic is now well and truly alive after Dane secured a full time position as a Trades Assistant with Ken Mills Toyota in Maroochydore.

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Building Strong Careers in the Auto Industry

Building Strong Careers in the Auto Industry

17 year old Jessie Cottell had plans to pursue a career in teaching but after learning about administration at school decided to sign up as a school based trainee. “I love learning new computer skills and definitely enjoying working around cars,” Jessie said. She works one day per week at Von Bibra Auto Village, Robina with a view to completing her training by the end of Year 12.

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Building Rewarding Careers in the Cabinet Making Industry

Building Rewarding Careers in the Cabinet Making Industry

Gold Coast local Ethan Parish has recently signed up with Germancraft Cabinets through BUSY At Work and is enthusiastic about working in the cabinet making industry. “I like to use my hands and enjoy the crafting and creative side of the trade. I’m learning how to make the different components for the kitchens and I’m looking forward to being able to go out on site and help with the installations.” “All the staff are very supportive and I like the family environment here,” Ethan said.

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Unemployment Rate Drops to 4-year Low and QLD tops the Growth

Unemployment Rate Drops to 4-year Low and QLD tops the Growth

Australia’s unemployment rate is the lowest seen since March 2013 following an increase in employment during September. The Bureau’s Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said the trend unemployment rate had been hovering in the range of 5.6 to 5.8 per cent for almost two years, but has now dropped to a four-year low of 5.5 per cent.

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BUSY At Work builds strong partnership with JWB Construction Pty Ltd

BUSY At Work builds strong partnership with JWB Construction Pty Ltd

“We are a rail maintenance and construction company and we are proud that we have recently been recognised by the Logan City Council as a large employer in this region.” Danny said many of the new apprentices recruited through BUSY At Work had undertaken or were currently undertaking a Certificate III Civil Construction - Plant Operations, or a Certificate III Civil Construction – Road Construction and Maintenance.

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National Skills Week, August 28 – September 3, 2017

National Skills Week, August 28 – September 3, 2017

This week celebrates National Skills Week, which is the focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). National Skills Week continues to attract overwhelming support following a survey of stakeholders who confirmed the importance of having a dedicated week to highlight VET, Industry trends and the link between training and jobs. Every year since its

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Full-time Employment Growth Continues

Full-time Employment Growth Continues

Figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed full-time employment grew by 62,000, while 48,000 part-time jobs were lost. BUSY At Work CEO Paul Miles said “It’s great to see this full-time employment trend continue for the ninth month consecutively, however let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are down in full-time employment from a decade ago."

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BUSY merger with ON-Q brings brighter future for QLD and NSW

BUSY merger with ON-Q brings brighter future for QLD and NSW

Gold Coast based Apprenticeship and Employment Services organisation BUSY At Work has merged with ON-Q Human Resources and Disability Services. BUSY CEO Paul Miles says, "By combining our strength and capability with the knowledge and skills ON-Q has demonstrated in the disability employment sector, we will create a powerful force for providing outstanding service levels to clients.”

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BUSY helps Quentin reconnect with his passion for food

BUSY helps Quentin reconnect with his passion for food

It’s been a whirlwind three months for Sous Chef Quentin Roper since he first connected with BUSY At Work Job Placement Officer Noosaville, Kimberley Goodwin. During that time Quentin’s passion for work has grown in leaps and bounds to the point where he now has a secure full time job and is confident in his future. Kimberley said Quentin had shown great determination and resilience after being many years out of work.

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BUSY backs Hutchies in building Indigenous careers in the construction industry

BUSY backs Hutchies in building Indigenous careers in the construction industry

BUSY At Work is proudly supporting a new employment program which is producing some excellent results in building Indigenous careers in the construction and building industry. BUSY At Work Project Coordinator/Mentor Robyn Donnelly said BUSY was delighted to partner with Australia’s largest privately owned builder Hutchinson Builders to deliver the Statim-Yaga program. Statim-Yaga is derived from Torres Strait Islander Creole and the Jagera language and means to “start work.”

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Andersyn excels in administration traineeship following Work for the Dole Program

Andersyn excels in administration traineeship following Work for the Dole Program

When Andersyn Landt started doing general cleaning and gardening at the Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association (MADASSIA) centre as a participant in a Working for the Dole (WfD) activity, she never imagined it might lead to a possible future career in the administration field. As well as developing her Microsoft Office skills and assisting with office clerical duties Andersyn is also studying for her Certificate III in Business Administration which she hopes to complete by the end of the year.

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Back to Work and $20,000 Youth Boost expanded to South East QLD

Back to Work and $20,000 Youth Boost expanded to South East QLD

From July 1, the existing Back to Work program available in regional Queensland will be extended to employers who take on a long-term unemployed or a young unemployed job seeker aged 15-24 years in the South East. This will support up to 1,500 new jobs in the South East, with eligible employers in line for support payments of up to $20,000

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