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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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Why The Hospitality And Tourism Industries Are Taking On So Many Trainees

Why The Hospitality And Tourism Industries Are Taking On So Many Trainees

Here at BUSY At Work we know what employers in the tourism and hospitality industries are looking for and we’re not surprised that these industries are taking on more and more trainees. Practical learning in these industries is hugely beneficial to businesses so it makes sense that more and more businesses are tapping into the benefits of taking on a

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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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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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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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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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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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The Glennie School sets the pace in school-based traineeships

The Glennie School sets the pace in school-based traineeships

Glennie School in Toowoomba leads the way in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. While many senior students have taken up the opportunity to seek traineeships and apprenticeships with locally based businesses, the private Anglican school for girls is also recruiting students to take up positions within the school with support from BUSY At Work. BUSY At Work Senior Industry Training Consultant Toowoomba region, Mark Stevens said the school had appointed eight senior students as trainees to work in a number of

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Markayla Transitions her way into a Traineeship

Markayla Transitions her way into a Traineeship

Early last year Markayla Bowers had an uncertain future and was unable to secure regular full time work in her role as an apprentice hairdresser as the salon she was working with closed. The 18 year old is the first to admit that her confidence took a major hit as she was struggling with the demands of finding another job. Then in April last year Markayla was able to undertake the Transition to Work (TtW) Program through BUSY At Work and since then she hasn’t looked back. Prior to starting the program Markayla ha

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Ethan and Zaine the first Indigenous school-based trainees to sign up with Dreamworld Corroboree

Ethan and Zaine the first Indigenous school-based trainees to sign up with Dreamworld Corroboree

Year 11 and 12 students Ethan Atkins and Zaine Davis have a lot to celebrate after becoming the first ever indigenous school-based trainees to be signed up to the Corroboree attraction at the Dreamworld Amusement Park. Dreamworld Corroboree showcases Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander history and culture (the world’s oldest living culture) and features over 800 native and barnyard animals located in their natural habitats within the Dreamworld grounds.

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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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Tourism boom could create 20,000 jobs by 2020

Tourism boom could create 20,000 jobs by 2020

According to Tourism Research Australia data, the Queensland's tourism industry already generates $23 billion a year and contributes 7.5 per cent of gross state product. It supports approximately 220,000 jobs representing one in every 11 positions and could be set to create another 20,000 jobs over the next four years with the State Government's new action plan.

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Gold Coast receives lion’s share of $5.5m tourism funding

Gold Coast receives lion’s share of $5.5m tourism funding

The Queensland government has announced a $5.5 million funding package for tourism and events, with the Gold Coast set to receive the largest proportion of the investment. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the money would go towards 17 projects across the state, helping boost the industry and jobs in Queensland. “These projects will play a vital

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