The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-07T02:43:40Z Katrina Building a Career as a 'Brickie" 2019-06-07T02:43:40Z katrina-building-a-career-as-a-brickie Rod Talbot, owner of Talbot Bricklaying had just begun to breathe life back into his small business after recovering from a car accident late last year. Business was picking up and it was time to start thinking about hiring an extra hand. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect when Katrina Curcuruto called, asking if he was interested in hiring her as an apprentice brickie. Katrina had recently completed a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, undertaking a bricklaying course through BUSY At Work, and was keen to get into the industry with her new-found skills. Katrina says “Bricklaying wasn’t something I had considered before but when the opportunity to do the course came up I grabbed it. The course was easier than I thought it would be and I did well in the training. Once the course finished I just got on the phone and started ringing bricklayers in my area. Rod was the first call I made which was pretty lucky! I’m really enjoying the work, I prefer being outdoors than in an office, it suits me perfectly”. Rod hadn’t considered taking on an apprentice (he hadn’t had an apprentice in over 40 years) but together with the Department of Small Business and Training’s support through the ‘Works Start initiative’ and BUSY At Work’s apprenticeship support team, Rod signed up Katrina - and he couldn’t be happier! “Katrina is better than any of the blokes I’ve had working for me, she is more reliable and always willing to do whatever work I ask of her, there’s never a drama. We do a lot of insurance work, fences at the moment but all sorts of small household renovations and things. Katrina is a really decent bricklayer and I’m glad to have her on board”, stated Rod. Skilling Queenslanders for Work is funded by the Queensland Government and offers training opportunities for job seekers looking to gain workplace skills and increase their chances of finding employment. Under this successful program, BUSY At Work offers short courses in industries such as hospitality, child care or construction. “Katrina’s story is a great example of how having the right skills, at the right time, can increase a job seekers chance of finding employment. Skilling Queenslanders for Work gives job seekers the opportunity to gain sought-after industry skills that local employers are looking for, as well as incentives for employers to put on the graduating students. We are really happy for Katrina and Rod Talbot and look forward to hearing how Katrina progresses in the building industry”, Paul Miles, Managing Director of BUSY At Work stated. You can find more information regarding BUSY’s upcoming courses through Skilling Queenslanders for Work, or call BUSY At Work on 13 28 79 Ash Taylor Building a Career on and off the Field 2019-03-17T22:38:37Z ash-taylor-building-a-career-on-and-off-the-field A footballers career is an exhilarating one, just ask Ash Taylor, half-back for the Gold Coast Titans. In the 2018 season Ash achieved 17 try-assists for the team and his pre-season lead-up this year indicates he is one to watch, evident in his commitment for ongoing improvement.  But like many elite sporting careers, football careers often run short and players can find themselves hanging up their boots with no other skills to fall back on.  This is where the Queensland Government’s pilot program, Elite Sportsperson Apprenticeship & Traineeship (ESAT), has stepped in. The program aims to support elite athletes, who have long training hours and scheduled games or competition events, into apprenticeship training opportunities with companies that can work around their sporting commitments.  Ash is excited to be one of the first elite athletes to sign up to the program, commencing a part-time Carpentry Apprenticeship with Koryzma Constructions.  “I’m grateful for Koryzma Constructions for giving me this opportunity. It’d be great to make a lifetime career out of football but it’s important to have a back-up plan as there are limited opportunities in the industry once you finish playing the game. I’ve always been interested in building and actually started a school-based apprenticeship in carpentry back in 2011, before football took over”, Ash stated.   BUSY At Work is the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider who has signed up the apprenticeship opportunity and Ash’s Carpentry Apprenticeship training will be delivered through Building Industry Training.  “BUSY At Work and Building Industry Training, have made the whole process easy and we are looking forward to having Ash on board”, Shannon Koryzma from Koryzma Constructions stated.  Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work further stated “It’s exciting that Ash Taylor, an incredible athlete, is one of the first to be involved in ESAT, a worthwhile program for athletes that allows them to diversify skills and earning capacity throughout their lifetime. Ash is the third elite athlete that BUSY has signed to part time construction-industry apprenticeships and we are proud to be pioneering this pilot program. We look forward to following Ash’s career, both on and off the field.”    For more information on the ESAT program or employing a trainee or apprentice for your business, contact BUSY At Work on 13 BUSY (13 28 79) or visit   Jewellery Manufacturing Apprentice Shines! 2019-01-22T01:03:54Z jewellery-manufacturing-apprentice-shines Since the age of 14, Brock Hodgson has dreamed of becoming a jeweller.  Fast forward to eight years later and he is on his way, thanks to an apprenticeship opportunity in jewellery manufacturing with Stephen Dibb Jewellers, signed up through BUSY At Work. Just weeks into his apprenticeship with the reputable Brisbane jewellers, Brock was chosen as a finalist in the emerging talent category for the national Diamond Guild bi-annual competition for his creative, concept drawing of a ring. The ring was then produced with the help of the team at Stephen Dibb and submitted for the finalist’s award night held in Melbourne.  Brock’s employer Stephen Dibb said that “Brock was only four weeks into his apprenticeship when he was chosen as a finalist against some tough competition. The winning design was entered by someone who was nearing the end of her four year apprenticeship, so we couldn’t be prouder of Brock. He received some very positive feedback from industry specialists there on the night”.  According to Brock, the work is keeping him very busy and he is learning a lot of industry skills that will help him achieve his dream.  “Without the support from BUSY At Work in finding me this apprenticeship, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. The work is very busy, I’m learning heaps and my favourite part of the job is seeing a concept sketch turn into a finished product. Stephen and the team are very supportive and passing on their incredible knowledge”.  Brock’s employer, Stephen Dibb, believes Brock has what it takes to succeed.  “Brock is completing a dual trade which will provide him the skills to become a diamond setter, a jeweller and a designer. It’s a lot to learn but Brock has a high calibre of wanting, he’s always been interested in this career path and that sets him up for success. He fits in well with the team and we couldn’t be happier. We are grateful for the support and interest shown towards Brock from BUSY At Work”.  Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work stated “Like Brock, whatever your career dream, there’s an opportunity to fulfil that through an apprenticeship or traineeship. There are literally hundreds of opportunities to choose from and across a wide range of industries. We are looking forward to seeing Brock’s future progression in the jewellery trade which already looks extremely promising.”   For more information on employing a trainee or apprentice for your business or how an apprenticeship or traineeship can kick-start your career, contact BUSY At Work on 13 BUSY (13 28 79) or visit BUSY merger with ON-Q brings brighter future for QLD and NSW 2017-06-29T01:40:33Z busy-merger-with-on-q-brings-brighter-future-for-qld-and-nsw The merger of two of the South East Queensland and Northern NSW region’s most trusted disability and apprenticeship employment services will create a brighter future and greater opportunities for clients in the region. Nationally acclaimed BUSY At Work, based on the Gold Coast, has merged with ON-Q Human Resources and Disability Employment Services, which operates throughout northern New South Wales. CEO of BUSY At Work, Paul Miles, said the Boards of the two organisations had approved the merger because it would give clients better services and improved access to specialist skills. “BUSY At Work is already well known as one of Queensland’s largest and most trusted not-for-profit Australian Apprenticeship Network Providers and Employment Services organisation,” Mr Miles said. “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.” Mr Miles said ON-Q would continue to operate as a stand-alone brand, servicing its existing clients in current locations, but while drawing financial and organisational strength from The BUSY Group and contributing specialist knowledge. “Behind the scenes, ON-Q will now be administered under the successful administration systems that BUSY At Work has developed over many years to help its interactions with clients and regulators. “We believe this is a win for consumers, who will see a more rigorous governance structure applied to the already high level of service they enjoy.” ON-Q Human Resources CEO Lisa Smith, who will continue in her role under the new structure, said she believed the two organisations would work together well, building on their proven strengths to deliver better services for clients. “The discussions of the past couple of months have convinced us that we share very similar values. I am confident ON-Q will be a very comfortable fit within The BUSY Group. “This new partnership will add size and strength to ON-Q’s market-leading knowledge of the disability services sector, and create a powerful force for servicing our valued clients.” [ENDS] About BUSY At Work: BUSY At Work is the largest Queensland based Apprenticeship Network Provider and is Gold Coast based. It is a not-for-profit organisation providing apprenticeships, employment and community programs and is supported by the Australian Government. BUSY now has over 40 offices located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia and have provided services to approximately 40,000 employers. About ON-Q Human Resources ON-Q Human Resources (ON-Q) is a successful not-for-profit provider of disability employment services in northern NSW and south east Queensland and has been supporting people with a disability for almost 30 years. ON-Q is one of the few employment service providers with accreditation against both the National Standards for Disability Services and ISO certification as well as a provider of supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ON-Q specialises in providing employment support to young people with disability who are transitioning from school into employment. BUSY backs Hutchies in building Indigenous careers in the construction industry 2017-06-29T01:03:21Z 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.” “We have been working with Hutchies since January this year to deliver mentoring support and career planning to eligible Indigenous apprentices, trainees and their employers within the construction industry.” “This support has included face to face and online support for the apprentice and employer, tailored mentoring support, creating work plans and providing information and advice on workplace issues,” Ms Donnelly said. Robyn said the mentoring support would focus on at least their first six months of employment. “Statistics indicate that apprentices who received specific mentoring support particularly in the early stages, were up to 15% more likely to complete their apprenticeship than those who were not part of a mentoring program,” Ms Donnelly added. Hutchinson’s Indigenous Program Manager, Mark Kucks said the Statim-Yaga program, which kicked off in November 2015, was funded by the Australian Government’s Employment Parity Initiative (EPI). “Hutchies responded to an invitation from the Federal Government to some of Australia’s largest corporations to be part of the EPI. The government has set a bold target of 20,000 more Indigenous Australians to be employed in the private sector by 2020.” “As part of this Hutchies has committed to placing 350 Indigenous job seekers into employment within the construction industry through Hutchies and our subcontractors and suppliers by 2019.” “We are also committed to increasing our own workforce to at least four percent within this time.” “We are well on target to achieving this goal with 175 Indigenous Australians in employment through the program,” Mr Kucks said. With a turnover of approximately $2.2b this year in construction projects from Cairns to Hobart and across to Darwin, Mark said a major focus of the program was on employing apprentices particularly in skill shortage trades such as bricklayers, plasterers, tilers and painters. Mark said the success of the Statim-Yaga program was based on retaining people in the program and creating lifelong opportunities for Indigenous people. “We don’t see this as getting 350 people into jobs. We are here to change people’s lives and in turn their family’s lives, giving people the opportunity to develop lifelong careers in the construction industry,” Mr Kucks said. “Through our construction schools at Yatala, Gold Coast, West End and Toowoomba, and with partnerships like BUSY At Work, we hope to further source more employment opportunities for Indigenous people with ours and other subcontractors and suppliers to provide Indigenous Australians with genuine career paths.” “Our motto is to provide the right person, with the right training, for the right career,” Mr Kucks said. BUSY At Work General Manager – Programs, Paul Andrews said BUSY was pleased to partner with Hutchies in supporting Indigenous job seekers in the construction industry. “The Statim-Yaga program demonstrates why Hutchinson Builders is so well respected within the construction industry and BUSY is very proud to be working alongside them to make the program’s vision a reality,” Mr Andrews said. The Statim-Yaga program is open to • Indigenous Australians looking for a career in the construction industry • Construction industry employees wanting to hire an Indigenous apprentice For more information visit or contact Robyn Donnelly on 0417 875 005 End Claire set for a big future with BUSY At Work 2017-05-29T03:55:49Z claire-set-for-a-big-future-with-busy-at-work Claire Dowdle is a confident young woman who has tried her hand at a few different careers over the years but it was not until she joined BUSY At Work Brisbane’s office in an administration role that she found her true vocation.  The enthusiastic 21 year old has just completed her Certificate III in Business and will now move into an Accounts Coordinator role for the Corporate Solutions Department in BUSY’s Brisbane office. “I’d come from university studies in pharmacy, exercise and nutrition science as well as working in hospitality but couldn’t see myself making a career in these fields.” “When I joined BUSY in June last year as an administration trainee I was keen to learn as much as I could about administration and business.”  “I have learned how to create professional business documents and been involved in coordinating apprenticeship signups as well as handling queries relating to client eligibility.  The skills I’ve learned have given me a great opportunity to build a future career in administration,” Claire said.   Accounts Manager Stephanie Draper said Claire had performed extremely well throughout her traineeship and was a valuable member of the BUSY At Work team. “From the beginning Claire was a quick learner who has always shown a willingness to help other members of the team. She fully understands the responsibilities that go with the role and has performed at a very high level.” “She has exceeded our expectations of a trainee and goes above and beyond in her delivery of customer service to BUSY At Work’s clients,” Ms Draper said. After completing her Certificate III in Business, Claire’s outstanding performance was rewarded when she was promoted to the Accounts  Coordinator position within the Corporate Solutions Department.   With a secure job now behind her, Claire said she was keen to continue her learning and was looking to study project management and leadership management in the future. BUSY At Work General Manager Workforce Planning and Industry Engagement, Sue Loch said she was delighted to see BUSY At Work staff performing well in their roles. “At BUSY we understand the value of training and upskilling our employees so that we can continue to grow and provide secure jobs for our workforce.” “We have seen a number of our trainees transition into some great roles here at BUSY through administrative traineeships and we know these traineeships can be a great gateway to a long and successful career at BUSY.” “We congratulate Claire on her success and the positive attitude and commitment she has shown during her traineeship.” “Claire now has the skills and ability to make her mark in the administrative area and has set a great example for other young members of our staff who want to follow in her steps to achieve their career goals,” Ms Loch said. BUSY At Work are strong advocates for apprenticeship and traineeships as career pathways and they are proud to practice what they preach.  There are now over 600 qualifications across Australia to choose from including traditional trades as well as a diverse range of emerging careers so the opportunities are endless. Ellie breaks new ground as a mechanical fitter at Dingo Australia 2017-02-14T03:18:35Z ellie-breaks-new-ground-as-a-mechanical-fitter-at-dingo-australia They say you’re never too old for a change and that’s certainly the case for mature age apprentice, Ellie Grove who has recently commenced an adult apprenticeship with Dingo Australia. The former South African resident has lived in Australia the past six years and is excited at the prospect of being the first female apprentice to work in the assembly shed at the busy Dalby based factory.       The family owned company are leaders in innovation and technology with their mini diggers and trailers used extensively by landscapers, tradesmen, miners and hire companies throughout Australia and New Zealand. With two of her three sons employed in mechanical trades in Dalby, Ellie won’t have to look too far if she needs help with completing her Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Fitting and Turning).  “When I need help and advice I know I can always call on them. It’s great we can chat about our trades after work and support each other through our training,” Ellie said. Dingo Australia Administration and Training Coordinator Angela Paterson said it was Company Director, Gary Briggs who approached Ellie after seeing her perform well in her role as a part time cleaner with Dingo during the past three years. “We were impressed with her commitment and her attention to detail and thought her skills and abilities might be better suited in the assembly shed. We decided to offer her an apprenticeship and she has fitted in really well with the team,” Ms Paterson said. As part of her apprenticeship training Ellie has been learning about the maintenance and servicing of earth moving equipment and the wiring of harnesses for the machinery.     “I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be doing something like this. There’s a lot to learn but it’s very exciting at the same time.” “The staff here are wonderful to work with and the other tradesman are always willing to share their mechanical knowledge,” Ms Grove said. As for the future Ellie said she would like to do further study once she completes her apprenticeship. “It’s always been a dream of mine to further my education. I would never have had the opportunity to do a trade in South Africa so I feel this is just the beginning of something really great here,” Ms Grove added.        BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant, Rachel de Jonge said BUSY was excited to see Ellie starting out on a new career. “Ellie is proving to be a great asset in the workplace and we are delighted that we are able to provide her with the services, including mentoring support, throughout her apprenticeship at Dingo Australia.” BUSY At Work has developed an excellent working relationship with Dingo Australia having signed up more 100 apprentices and trainees during the past 10 years. “We really appreciate the support that Dingo Australia gives us by trusting us to deliver on all their apprenticeship needs,” Ms de Jonge said. BUSY At Work, CEO Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to support employers who were willing to give people like Elle an opportunity to work in what was historically a male dominated industry.   “Ellie has demonstrated a positive commitment to her trade and with the right training and mentoring she will continue to make a valuable contribution to her employer,” Mr Miles said.   end Nioka excited to pursue her passion for childcare 2017-02-14T03:12:26Z nioka-excited-to-pursue-her-passion-for-childcare Seventeen year old Nioka Watson has always demonstrated a natural affiliation with young children so it comes as no surprise that she has fitted in extremely well at the Little Scholars School of Early Learning in Stapylton. The former student has already completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and has signed up to do a Diploma of Early Childhood, whilst working at Little Scholars. BUSY At Work Career and Placement Advisor, Danya Moody was full of praise for Nioka who had begun her studies in childcare whilst still in Year 11 at Helensvale High School. “We first met Nioka late last year when we visited her school to inform the students about apprenticeships and traineeships. Helensvale was just one of 20 schools we visited to inform students about BUSY At Work’s Gateway Services.” “Nioka was one of the stand outs of the group who made an effort to engage with us and ask a lot of questions. Being a highly motivated young person we were keen to find an employer who would take her on while studying for her Diploma.” “We telephoned Little Scholars and following a successful interview, Nioka commenced work in December last year.  This is a great outcome for a young lady who is passionate about working with children,” Ms Moody said. Little Scholars Centre Manager, Amy Wood said Nioka was a keen and enthusiastic worker who had shown a great maturity in the role. “Nioka has been very hands on in helping prepare meals, setting up activities and being part of our education program for the children.” “She has an outgoing and nurturing personality and is always keen to engage with the children. She works very well with the parents and has become a valued and respected member of our team,” Mrs Wood said.  Nioka said she was very grateful for the support she had received from BUSY At Work. “They have been very supportive and encouraging and kept me up to date with everything I need to know. When I got the job Danya was really excited for me and I would not have been able to get the job at Little Scholars without their support,” Ms Watson said. Nioka said working with children had always been a lifelong ambition. “I have a lot of relatives with younger cousins and I have always enjoyed spending time with them.” “I’ve learnt so much since working at the centre and I’m passionate about giving kids a childhood they can remember and be happy about,” Ms Watson said. As for the future, Nioka said she would like to own her own childcare care centre one day or maybe specialise in the legal side of children’s services. BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said Nioka’s positive attitude and passion for childcare had set a great example for other young people to follow in achieving their career goals. “Nioka has demonstrated that she has the confidence and ability to succeed and BUSY At Work is delighted to be supporting her in her chosen career.” “With her dedication and commitment to both her work and study I have no doubt that Nioka will continue to excel,” Mr Miles said.   End Shayli finds her feet at indoor child play centre 2017-02-14T03:07:25Z shayli-finds-her-feet-at-indoor-child-play-centre Shayli Green is a motivated and dedicated young person who is achieving success in her new role as a part time hospitality trainee at Yard Apes Coomera Indoor Play Centre. Despite having to overcome some obstacles in her life, that hasn’t stopped Shayli pursuing her lifelong goals to work with children.   After completing Year 12 at Ormeau West State High School Shayli said she was excited to be starting her Certificate III in Hospitality and grateful for the support she had received from BUSY At Work, Youth Employment and Training Australia (YETA) and the Gold Coast Employment Support Services (GCESS).      “I am learning a lot about food preparation, taking orders, making coffees and the importance of maintaining a clean and hygienic workplace.”   “I am very thankful for all the support I’ve had and to the owner of Yard Apes (Wendy Smith) for giving me this start,” Ms Green said. Shayli said she hoped to use her hospitality qualification as a stepping stone to gaining a Certificate III in Childcare in the future. Wendy said Shayli was the first trainee to start at the centre during its two years of operation. BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant AASN Gold Coast, Tanya Draper said many people had been involved in helping Shayli make the transition from school.  “We signed Shayli up in November but it’s been a collaborative effort between many agencies to help Shayli gain the confidence and direction she needs to succeed in her chosen career,” Ms Draper said.  As a leading provider of transitional pathways for students with a disability in their final years of school, YETA School Pathways Specialist Skye Stirling said it was important to ensure Shayli was matched with the right employer. “Shayli identified to us that she wanted to learn skills in hospitality with a long term view to work in the child care industry.” “We believe “there’s a job for everybody” and by taking a collective approach and partnering with organisations like BUSY At Work and GCESS we were able to place Shayli in the right environment where she can interact with children and gain the essential real life work skills to complete her hospitality certificate,” Ms Stirling said. Shayli credits her interest in working with children to having been a babysitter to many of her cousins over the years. “Ever since I was a kid I have always been around children so it only natural that I would want to work in childcare.” “Gaining my hospitality certificate will also help me as one of my future goals is to travel and maybe spend time working overseas,” Ms Green said.  BUSY At Work, CEO Paul Miles said Shayli was a great example for other young people who have had to overcome challenges in their life. “BUSY At Work is pleased to support and be an advocate for people like Shayli who are determined to follow their dreams and make a valuable contribution in the workplace. Shayli has shown herself to be very capable and I feel confident that she has a great career ahead of her,” Mr Miles said. end        Lachlan’s ready for a big future in the building industry 2017-02-14T03:02:56Z lachlan-s-ready-for-a-big-future-in-the-building-industry St Mary’s Toowoomba Year 12 student Lachlan McCallum won’t have to look far if he needs any motivation to complete his carpentry apprenticeship. The enthusiastic school-based apprentice was signed up in October last year by BUSY At Work’s Senior Industry Consultant, Alan Richardson.   Now three months into his Certificate III in Carpentry with Toowoomba based company, Golding Homes, Lachlan only has to look to his boss, Jeremy Scanlan if he needs any inspiration to see where his carpentry apprenticeship might take him.  Now a Director of Golding Homes, Jeremy was also signed up by BUSY At Work in August 2008 as a school-based apprentice and is now enjoying great success in the building industry.    Alan said he was delighted to have signed up both Jeremy and Lachlan to their school-based carpentry apprenticeships. “BUSY At Work has always had a good working relationship with local schools when it comes to placing students in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.” “We have also developed an excellent working relationship with Golding Homes and are excited to see both Jeremy and Lachlan achieving success in an industry they are both passionate about.” “We really appreciate the support from Golding Homes by trusting us to deliver on their apprenticeship needs,” Mr Richardson said. During his senior year at St Marys Lachlan will continue to spend two days per week working at Golding Homes before taking on a fulltime position in 2018.   Since starting his apprenticeship Lachlan has been very “hands on” in the job learning how to use power tools, planers and circular saws in a safe manner. Along the way he has also learnt new skills in hanging gyprock, building bulk head dividing walls and installing stairs.  Lachlan said building had become a big part of his life. “I like everything to do with building and learning something new each week. It’s a great feeling when you’ve helped contribute to building a house and look back and see the end result,” said Lachlan.     Both Lachlan and Jeremy were grateful for the support they had received from BUSY At Work. “My mentor Nicole has been excellent and only too willing to provide advice and answer any of my questions about my training whenever I need it,” Lachlan said. Jeremy said Golding Homes would continue to use BUSY At Work as their preferred apprenticeship provider. “Right from day one they have always been prompt and efficient and made the sign up process for Lachlan very easy for us. Having been through the process myself I am delighted to work with BUSY and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else,” Mr Scanlan said. BUSY At Work, CEO Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to have signed up both Jeremy and Lachlan to their carpentry apprenticeships. “We are proud of our long term reputation as specialists in apprenticeships support services and are delighted that our strong partnership with Golding Homes is continuing to grow over time.” “We congratulate both Jeremy and Lachlan on their success and look forward to meeting the needs of their business in the future,” Mr Miles said. As an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider, BUSY delivers Gateway Services which can assess a participant’s commitment and suitability to an apprenticeship before they start. This ensures they are matched with the right job from the very start.  For further information please contact BUSY At Work on 132879 or visit end BUSY helps Parker connect with his passion for helping young people 2017-02-14T02:58:18Z busy-helps-parker-connect-with-his-passion-for-helping-young-people Local Gladstone resident Parker Petersen knows what it’s like not to have a job and what it can do for your self esteem. Parker was unemployed for two years and has had to overcome a lot of hurdles along the way. During this time the 22 year old was interested in helping other youth who had suffered mental health issues but was unsure how to get the experience he needed to enter the community services field. In April last year Parker decided to undertake the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program (GEA SQW). The program provides skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged, or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a range of targeted skills and training programs. During the program Parker met up with BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant, Letia Shaw who assisted him with his work experience placement at the Gladstone PCYC. Parker’s confidence and self esteem improved dramatically to the point where he was offered a fulltime position at the PCYC in October last year. After completing his Certificate I in Business Administration through the GEA SQW program Parker is now studying for his Certificate III in Community Services, a field he is passionate about.     Letia said Parker was an inspirational young man who had achieved some huge milestones in 2016. “It can be very difficult to find a job without qualifications and experience but Parker has now mapped out a career pathway that he is really passionate about. He has grown in confidence and I don’t think anything will stop him in achieving his goal,” Ms Shaw said. Since starting at the PCYC, Parker hasn’t looked back and is enthusiastic about the direction his career has taken. “At the moment I am involved in helping kids with a life skills program, teaching them about cooking, shopping and how to live on a budget.” “I am really motivated by the work I’m doing and by my involvement with local organisation Headspace, a National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.” “It’s really great to work with youth and be engaged with programs that help breakdown the stigma associated with mental health.” “I am grateful to BUSY for setting up my traineeship and it’s been fantastic to know that I can call them if I have any questions about my traineeship,” Mr Petersen said. BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said BUSY was about empowering job seekers with the skills, ability and confidence to embrace their own future. “At BUSY we know how difficult it can be for long term unemployed job seekers to make the transition back into fulltime work.” “We are delighted that Parker has been able to overcome challenges in his life and we wish him all the best in his future career,” Mr Miles said. end Lisa thrives in new administration role with Lee Crane Hire 2017-01-30T00:15:47Z lisa-thrives-in-new-administration-role-with-lee-crane-hire After more than 15 years working in the retail sector, Lisa Grossett is relishing the opportunity to learn new skills and apply herself to a new work role.  Lisa was recently signed up through BUSY At Work’s Gladstone office and is now working as an Administration Trainee with Lee Crane Hire in Gladstone. “I had been employed in retail since leaving high school and wanted a career change. I am excited that I can now learn new office skills in a business environment as well as work more family friendly hours,” Ms Grossett explained. BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant, Letia Shaw said Lisa was a participant in last year’s Gladstone Engineering Alliance Skilling Queenslanders for Work (GEA SQW) program where she completed her Certificate I in Business Administration.   “I first met Lisa at an industry function where prospective employers could meet SQW candidates. Her bubbly personality and positive attitude really stood out and I identified she would be a great asset to any employer.” “We worked alongside the employer and the GEA to place Lisa into a Business Traineeship where she is currently completing a Certificate IV in Business.” “It’s wonderful to see Lisa now on an entire new career path and best of all she gets to spend more time with her family,” Ms Shaw said. Since starting with Lee Crane Hire in September last year, Lisa has reveled in the responsibilities that come with her new role. “I’m learning a whole lot of new things from accounting systems to maintenance systems as well as getting a good understanding of the day to day running of the business.” Lee Crane Hire Depot Manager, Colin Kennedy said Lisa had been a great new addition to the Gladstone team. “It was very important for Lee Crane Hire that Lisa was the right fit in this traditional male industry. She is very well liked by both our clients and staff and is progressing extremely well in the role and is always keen to learn new skills,” Mr Kennedy said. Lisa said she was very appreciative of the support she had received from BUSY At Work in helping her settle into her traineeship. “Letia has been fantastic to work with. She is very knowledgeable and approachable and is always available to answer any questions I have about my traineeship.” “I’m glad I made the decision to change careers and would very much recommend BUSY At Work to anyone thinking about choosing a new career path,” Ms Grossett said. BUSY At Work, CEO Paul Miles said BUSY was delighted to support employers who were willing to give people like Lisa the opportunity to work in a new career role. “We are excited to be working with Lee Crane Hire in providing tailored Gateway Services to support trainees and apprentices.” “Lisa has made a very positive start to her new role and with the right training and mentoring, she will have a bright future ahead of her,” Mr Miles said. As an Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider (AANP) BUSY At Work provides Gateway Services, a range of free career pathway and recruitment tools for employers and job seekers. To find out more information about apprenticeships and traineeships phone 132879 or visit end   Hit the Road Program helps Joshua achieve his work goals 2017-01-10T02:44:19Z hit-the-road-program-helps-joshua-achieve-his-work-goals Twenty year old Joshua Lock may be young in years but his determination to make a success of his life has not gone unnoticed by BUSY At Work’s Program Coordinator for the Hit the Road Program, Robyn Donnelly. A recent graduate of the five week program which targets job seekers aged between 15 and 24, and Indigenous and disadvantaged job seekers, Ms Donnelly said Joshua had proved to be an excellent student and his determination to succeed was 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.” “He remained enthusiastic and positive throughout the course and with his improved employability and work readiness skills, Joshua has now been able to obtain regular casual work with Unimet Security in Brisbane,” Ms Donnelly said. The Hit the Road program is part of the Queensland Government funded initiative, Skilling Queenslanders for Work Community Work Skills Program. The program features a mixture of classroom based training and hands-on activities and is designed to help job seekers gain a start in the transport and logistics industry. Graduates from the program receive a Certificate II in Logistics. BUSY delivered the one-on-one mentoring and life skill development presentations to ensure the participants were job ready, while Careers Australia Training delivered the accredited training part of the program.   While completing a Certificate II in Security last year, Joshua felt it was the knowledge he gained from the Hit the Road Program which had really helped him gain the job. “Previously when I went to interviews I was really nervous and unsure of myself. Robyn was always extremely positive and the interviewing skills I learned really helped me get the job with Unimet.”  As part of the program Joshua was also provided with driving lessons from a qualified instructor to help him move forward in obtaining his Medium Rigid (MR) truck licence.  “The driving lessons were an added bonus and this has allowed me to get my P’s,” Joshua said.    Robyn said she was delighted with the success of the program which had given Joshua the opportunity to not only improve his communication skills but grow as a person. “Joshua is just one of many participants who have had the opportunity to gain real practical skills in resume writing and how to present themselves at interviews.”   Throughout the program the participants have also gained practical skills through on-the-job placement which has helped improve their confidence greatly. We are excited that Joshua has now been able to secure regular casual work in the security industry,” Mrs Donnelly added. Robyn said BUSY At Work was hoping to run a new Community Work Skills Program at Ipswich next year. BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to partner with Careers Australia in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Hit the Road Program. “We know how important it is for young job seekers to gain the confidence they need to take the first step to gaining employment.” “By helping them improve their employability and work readiness skills and providing employment mentoring we can help set them on a career pathway for the future,” Mr Miles said.   end Jacko looks to a brighter future after completing the Hit the Road Program 2017-01-10T02:39:07Z jacko-looks-to-a-brighter-future-after-completing-the-hit-the-road-program Quietly spoken Jackson (Jacko) Williams knows what it’s like to be out of work and what it can do for your self confidence.   Having worked in various roles in warehousing and on boats, Jacko had been unemployed for over two years before taking part in an exciting new program BUSY At Work is delivering with Careers Australia Training. The five week program called Hit the Road is part of the Queensland Government funded initiative, Skilling Queenslanders for Work Community Work Skills Program. After undertaking the course Jacko has been able to land himself a regular casual job as a delivery driver with Peregrine Transport in Brisbane. BUSY At Work Program Coordinator for Hit the Road, Robyn Donnelly said The Hit the Road Program was great way for job seekers who are aged between 15 and 24, and Indigenous and disadvantaged job seekers to improve their employability and work readiness skills. “The program is designed to help job seekers gain a start in the transport and logistics industry.” “Graduates from the program receive a Certificate II in Logistics as well as being provided with driving lessons from a qualified instructor to help them gain their Medium Rigid (MR) truck licence,” Mrs Donnelly said.    Robyn said she was very pleased with the success of the program which is a mixture of classroom based training and hands-on activities such as picking and packing and loading and delivering of goods. “It is always great to see participants grow and become more capable and independent. Through the program the participants have the opportunity to gain real practical skills with on the job placement as well being able to update their resumes and learn interviewing skills,” Mrs Donnelly added. BUSY are delivering the one-on-one mentoring and life skill development presentations to ensure the participants are job ready while Careers Australia Training are delivering the accredited training part of the program.   Robyn said Jacko had excelled throughout the program. “Jacko was an excellent student and gained a lot of knowledge while doing the program. We were able to help him with his presentation skills and his resume and this helped improve his confidence greatly.” “We are delighted that through the program Jacko has been able to secure regular casual work in the transport industry,” Mrs Donnelly said. Jacko said he was very pleased to be able to complete his Certificate II in Logistics and was hopeful that a full time permanent role would come up in the near future. “I am very grateful for the support I received from BUSY At Work. Robyn was always very positive and spent a lot of time helping me with my resume.  When I went for the interview I felt a lot more confident and was able to put my best foot forward,” Jacko said.  Robyn said they were hoping to run a new Hit the Road Program early next year. “We’ve been running the program since November last year and have had great success with nearly 100% of participants completing the program with most getting a start in the transport and logistics industry.” Mrs Donnelly said. BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to be helping young job seekers improve their employability skills and potentially gain a start in the transport and logistics industry. “We know how important it is for young job seekers to take the first step to gaining employment. With the support of The Hit the Road program we can help young people overcome challenges and set them on a career pathway for the future,” Mr Miles said. Skilling Queenslanders for Work provides skills development, training and job opportunities to unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged Queenslanders through a suite of targeted skills and training programs.   end   Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of certain individuals the names and identifying details have been changed.              Cathy enjoys a bright start to her career 2016-12-23T01:31:37Z cathy-enjoys-a-bright-start-to-her-career When Year 11 Rivermount College student Cathy Coulthard began her school-based Traineeship with Morris Corporation she was a quiet modest young lady, uncertain of where her future might take her. Fast forward five months and Cathy is a confident young person with clear ambitions to pursue a career in the administration field. Originally hailing from Alice Springs before moving to Queensland with her parents, Cathy is proud of her Aboriginal heritage with the Warlpiri people on her mum’s side and the Arrernte people on her dad’s side. Since starting her Certificate III in Business in July this year Cathy is revelling in the responsibilities that come with taking on a new role. “I enjoy the interaction with the other staff, learning new skills and being able to help out where I can,” Ms Coulthard said. BUSY At Work Managed People Services Team Leader, Vanessa Parry said the eighteen year old had positively embraced all aspects of the BUSY At Work Indigenous School-Based Mentoring Program. “Cathy is very excited about the opportunities her traineeship will provide in the future. The SBT has allowed Cathy some flexibility with her school timetable and as a result she is now exploring pathways to pursue her goal of completing a Diploma in Business,” Ms Parry said. Morris Corporation Learning and Development Advisor, Laura Ahern said Cathy had fitted in very well with the team at the Brisbane based office. Morris Corporation is a national company providing quality remote village and asset management services to the mining and construction sectors. “Cathy has demonstrated a great attitude and work ethic and is now at the stage where she is able to take on more administrative tasks using Microsoft Word and Excel as well as learn how to use our learning management system.” “She has been a great asset recently in putting together materials for our annual conference and is always willing to lend a hand and help other staff members. We love having her on the team and believe she is well suited to the Morris Family,” Ms Ahern said. Cathy is part of the Indigenous School-Based Mentoring Program which is funded by the Australian Government under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). Under the IAS, support is provided to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of working age with real and sustainable employment. Ms Ahern said Morris Corporation was delighted to partner with BUSY At Work in the Indigenous Mentoring Program. “We have enjoyed seeing Cathy grow in confidence over time both personally and professionally through her traineeship and the mentoring.” “She has really taken on board the additional support offered through the Indigenous School-Based Mentoring Program and is excited about the prospect of any doors the traineeship may open for her long term and Morris will support Cathy to achieve her goals however we can,” Ms Ahern added. Cathy said she was thankful for the additional support she had received from BUSY At Work. “The weekly and monthly contacts I have with the BUSY At Work mentor have helped me focus on my study and allowed me to gain more confidence. I am looking forward to completing my traineeship next July and seeing what other pathways I can take,” Ms Coulthard said. BUSY At Work CEO, Paul Miles said BUSY was pleased to see a young person being given an opportunity to learn new skills and gain a Certificate III in Business. “We are committed to working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community in building a better future.” “Through the Indigenous School-Based Mentoring Program Cathy has been able to enjoy the challenge of learning new skills while building a bright future for herself,” Mr Miles said. end