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BUSY helps Daniel find a new career helping others

BUSY helps Daniel find a new career helping others

In September last year Daniel Newell was at a low point in his life. With a wife and two children to support, the future was looking very uncertain with Daniel unable to secure regular work to make ends meet. After connecting with Jason Meyer, BUSY At Work’s Job Placement Officer for Smithfield, Mareeba and Atherton, Daniel was able to turn his life around and is now working full time in a new career which is not only financially rewarding but one he is passionate about. In the lead up to meeting Jason, Daniel ha

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Gold Coast 101 Campaign takes the lead around Australia

Gold Coast 101 Campaign takes the lead around Australia

With Gold Coast’s youth unemployment sitting around 12% in November last year, leading provider of employment and apprenticeship services BUSY At Work was determined not to take it sitting down. BUSY joined forces with Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training and local Federal Member Karen Andrews to call on Gold Coast employers to help resolve this growing trend. Embarking

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Unemployment rate increases despite 13,500 more jobs being created

Unemployment rate increases despite 13,500 more jobs being created

Seasonally adjusted figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today revealed a rise in the unemployment rate, from 5.7 per cent in November 2016 to 5.8 per cent this month. It is not all negative news however as we saw the participation rate continue to climb, rising from 64.6 per cent last month to 64.7 per cent in January 2017.

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Hit the Road Program helps Joshua achieve his work goals

Hit the Road Program helps Joshua achieve his work goals

A recent graduate of the five week program which targets job seekers aged between 15 and 24, and Indigenous and disadvantaged job seekers, Joshua has proved to be an excellent student and his determination to succeed is now paying dividends. Before entering the program Joshua had not been able to secure employment and despite not having been employed for over a year, nothing could hold him back.

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Gold Coast Employers asked to employ 101 School Leavers and Youth in Six Weeks

Gold Coast Employers asked to employ 101 School Leavers and Youth in Six Weeks

In one of the most ambitious youth employment campaigns ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, BUSY At Work has set itself a target of placing 101 Gold Coast Year 12 school leavers and youth into apprenticeships and traineeships in six weeks. The GC101 Apprenticeship campaign was launched today by Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP.

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Unemployment falls but shift to part-time employment continues

Unemployment falls but shift to part-time employment continues

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today showed the Australian unemployment rate had a slight decrease (by less than 0.1 percentage points) to 5.6 per cent, in Australia for September 2016. The fall in unemployment was driven by the drop in participation rate to 64.5 per cent. Despite unemployment falling the ABS estimates that 53,000 full-time jobs

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Nicholas takes gold at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition

Nicholas takes gold at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition

Twenty three year old Bundaberg local, Nicholas Lennox now has the world at his feet after taking out gold in the Electrical Installation section at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition held in Melbourne earlier this month. Employed by Bundaberg company, Big T Electrical & Cooling, the fourth year apprentice is hoping he gets the chance to represent Australia at

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Martin is ready for a big future in the electrical industry

Martin is ready for a big future in the electrical industry

First year electrical apprentice, Martin Green is a young man on a mission with a bright future ahead of him. The enthusiastic 18 year old is now nine months into his Certificate III in Electrotechnology with the Bundaberg Regional Council and very much enjoying his new work environment, learning from the tradesmen around him.

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Noosa Jobs Day targets Coast boom

Noosa Jobs Day targets Coast boom

A major skills shortage created by the Sunshine Coast’s construction and tourism booms has sparked the inaugural Noosa Jobs Day, Wednesday October 12. Leading job agencies, East Coast Apprenticeships (ECA) and BUSY At Work, will doorknock key growth areas between Noosa, Peregian Beach and Cooroy to track down apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for young people.

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TrainUP Program helps Yetsedaw secure his future

TrainUP Program helps Yetsedaw secure his future

Hotel Houseman Yetsedaw Dessie has come a long way since arriving in Australia in February this year. The former Ethiopian migrant who is working towards gaining permanent residency status hasn’t looked back after completing his Certificate II in Hospitality at the Hotel Jen, in Brisbane.

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BUSY a proud partner of The JobShow Sunshine Coast

BUSY a proud partner of The JobShow Sunshine Coast

BUSY At Work is once again proudly partnering with The JobShow to be held on 19 October at the TAFE Qld East Coast, Mooloolaba Campus. Presented by the Sunshine Coast Council, The JobShow is the largest one-stop shop of current and upcoming job vacancies on the Sunshine Coast and brings together hundreds of available jobs from across the region in the one place, at the one time on the one day.

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Part-time trend in jobs continues while youth unemployment remain high

Part-time trend in jobs continues while youth unemployment remain high

The Labour Force figures released last week show unemployment rate has fallen to 5.6 per cent in August 2016, while participation rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 64.7 per cent. This was despite the Bureau of Statistics estimating the loss of 3,900 jobs last month.Since May 2016, the seasonally adjusted underemployment rate has increased by 0.3 percentage points to 8.7 per cent.

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Advocacy and the NDIS

Advocacy and the NDIS

As we begin the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the need for some people to access advocacy services has been highlighted and remains a subject of discussion. To enhance the opportunity for an individual to exercise choice and control within the new system, the support of an individual advocate can be beneficial during the planning and assessment process, as well as to assist with complaints or contentions. There are a number of positions that impact the current operating environment for advoca

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Latest data shows Apprentice numbers decline while non trades increase

Latest data shows Apprentice numbers decline while non trades increase

Data released yesterday by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) revealed the overall apprentice and trainee commencements were down by 3.7 per cent compared to the same period last year. The overall decrease can be attributed to a decline in the number of commencements in trade occupations, down 10.8% to 27 900 for the March 2016 quarter when compared with the March 2015 quarter.

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Local Kingaroy business helps Jeremy Transition to Work

Local Kingaroy business helps Jeremy Transition to Work

Jeremy Sinn is an enthusiastic and dedicated young man who has recently landed a full time job as a car detailer with Kingaroy based company, Bill Hull Car Centre. A former Maryborough State High School student, Jeremy was always keen to move into the workforce but wasn’t sure of what pathway to take to help him achieve his goal.

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Mackay Regional Football Zone reaps the benefits from Work for the Dole Program

It’s hard to believe that in February this year the grounds at the Mackay Regional Football Park used for junior soccer were in a very poor state and in need of community support. Six months on the grounds have undergone a major transformation as a result of assistance received through the participants of the Mackay Regional Football Zone (MRFZ) Work for the Dole Project.

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Bradley ready to take on the best at national WorldSkills competition

Bradley ready to take on the best at national WorldSkills competition

Employed by OSMAC Group Training, the fourth year apprentice has been recently selected to represent Queensland at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne from 6 - 8 October. WorldSkills is the largest trades and skills showcase in the country and this year nearly 500 young apprentices, trainees and students from all corners of Australia will compete in 50 categories for the coveted title of "National Champion".

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Caralee thrives in customer service role with Bank of Queensland

Caralee thrives in customer service role with Bank of Queensland

It’s hard to imagine many 19 year olds being able to fit in seamlessly into a challenging new customer service role and always do it with a smile on their face. For former Noosa District State High School student, Caralee Foxwell that challenge comes easily. The enthusiastic and cheerful teenager is now three months into her Certificate III in Financial Services and very much enjoying her role as a full time Junior Customer Service Officer with the Noosaville branch of the Bank of Queensland (BOQ).

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Strength in part-time employment growth continues

Strength in part-time employment growth continues

Labour force figures released yesterday show unemployment is down citing continued growth in part-time employment. Over the past six months there has been an increase of 82,600 people working part-time, compared with a 21,600 decrease in those working full-time.

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Apprentice numbers fall, but number of starting tradies steady

Apprentice numbers fall, but number of starting tradies steady

Labour force figures released yesterday by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that seasonally adjusted employment increased by 17,900 in May, to stand at a record high of 11,930,700, and is now 224,800 (or 1.9 per cent) higher than the level recorded a year ago and above the decade average rate, of 1.7 per cent.

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Employment growth in Australia continues to ease

Employment growth in Australia continues to ease

April Labour force figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show trend employment growth continues to ease from the relatively strong growth that we saw in late 2015. Employment increased by only 4,100 in April 2016 to now stand at 11,910,800.

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Mackay AFL club backs Work for the Dole scheme

Mackay AFL club backs Work for the Dole scheme

The entrance to the East Mackay (Eastern Swans) Australian Football Club grounds had been in a bad state for a long time, but the club didn't have the manpower or funds to pay for work that needed to be done. That was until November last year when they decided to commence a Work for the Dole project.

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