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APG announces corporate partnership with Ronald McDonald House

APG is thrilled to announce our national support for Ronald McDonald House as a new Corporate Partner as part of the APG Community Tree program. The cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) is to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals.  In 1981 the first Australian Ronald McDonald House opened in Sydney’s Camperdown. There are now 16 Ronald McDonald Houses in Australia and more than 360 houses worldwide.

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APG is now a Local Government Procurement Approved Contractor

After a rigorous and lengthy assessment process, APG are pleased to announce that we are now a Local Government Procurement Approved Contractor. Local Government Procurement (LGP) establishes compliant contracts and approved contractor panels to be used by councils, not for profit organisations, universities, state government agencies and departments.  APG’s inclusion on this list follows a comprehensive and compliant evaluation and acceptance process.

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Healthcare and social assistance jobs, Australia’s big employer

Earmarked as one of the top growth industries over the next five years, it’s no surprise that healthcare and social assistance jobs are in high-demand. Health Care and Social Assistance remains the largest employing industry in Australia with 13% of the nation working in health and is set for continued growth.

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APG Welcomes Review of WHS Act to ensure health and safety of all workers

Launched in 2013, the current Work Health and Safety Act reflected a new way of looking at safety governance and to address the changing nature of work in modern Australia. When launched, the new workplace safety laws aimed to provide greater consistency, certainty and clarity across Australia making it clearer to comprehend your workplace health and safety duties.

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Sydney’s South West uniquely positioned for Industry 4.0

Sydney’s South West isn’t necessarily where people associate industrial innovation and digital disruption, but in 2018 it is the hub for Industry 4.0 manufacturers who are utilising automation and data exchange to drive technically innovative manufacturing. According to the Committee for Sydney, Western Sydney is “uniquely positioned” to exploit the possibilities of Industry 4.0 and take a leadership role in advancing manufacturing in Australia,

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Top Five Benefits of Using Labour Hire to find Skilled Staff

Top Five Benefits of Using Labour Hire to find Skilled Staff

For some, the term labour hire is synonymous with blue collar, or unskilled workers who can fill shortages in production lines or in warehouses. However, in the reality of today’s marketplace, labour hire is not about skilled or unskilled workers, it is effectively hiring staff for short or long-term positions.

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APG accredited with ISO quality management and safety certifications

Manufacturing companies have long understood the value of ISO certification, knowing the standards achieves can improve their business processes and reduce operating costs, while also giving them a leg up in marketing and sales.

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APG supports Riverina Redneck Rally raising money for Country Hope

APG supports Riverina Redneck Rally raising money for Country Hope

Last month, APG launched The Community Tree, an initiative that supports partnership projects within local communities. As part of this initiative, we are excited to announce that Team APG will be competing in next month’s Riverina Redneck Rally, raising funds and awareness for Country Hope.

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Top 5 Projected Growth Industries in 2018

Top 5 Projected Growth Industries in 2018

Three years ago, we wrote about the hot jobs for 2015. Trades were at the top of the list with the growth in the construction industry, with healthcare also seen as a major growth industry. Three years on, we take a look at the industries projected for growth in 2018 and see if there has been a major change.Here are the top five industries predicted for growth in the next five years.

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January is the hottest month for job change

January is the hottest month for job change

It’s no surprise that January is one of the most popular months for job change, with an estimated 55% of all Australians making a new year’s resolution to look for a new job in the new year.While this means there could be increased competition for those looking to change jobs, it also presents opportunities for employers looking to fill roles in the new year.This surge in job seeker interest means that it’s a good time to post a job, however you may be inundated with unsuitable candidates trying to change jobs because they made a resolution to. The resources, time and effort required to source, and onboard good staff can often be a drain on productivity at every level of your business. Not only are the people responsible for hiring staff occupied by the process, but the productivity of each employee often gets compromised by the turnover of staff and the need for constant training, inductions and management of new employees. Minimising the disruption of staff turnover can make all the difference in maintaining a healthy work load and still efficiently training new staff.That is where APG can help.We screen, filter and recommend the right person for your role, saving you the hassle of sifting through piles of resumes. APG specialise in providing staff for both long term and short term labour hire. Our labour services are ideal to meet a range of needs across various industries while our long term labour hire can seamlessly place experienced staff into your operation.APG can match your flexible staffing needs to sustain peak workloads and variations without the worries of long term contracts. Our years of recruitment experience enables us to effectively recruit the right staff for you.

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Launch of the APG Community Tree

APG is all about people. We understand how important meaningful careers are, but beyond that we also understand that employment is just one part of the equation of life. People are complex parts of the community, and The Community Tree by APG is focused on partnerships that support charities and local sporting clubs. By supporting these organisations, we are enriching the fabric of the community and providing support for long-term wellbeing. We are also dedicated to building important life-long skills and mindsets such as determination, motivation, coordination, passion and empathy. These are valued skills in the workplace and the wider community, and by fostering them in individuals and small groups we envision a stronger society in the future.Children are a special part of the APG family. Families are such a large part of the APG framework that we are naturally geared towards helping as many regional and metro children’s charities as we possibly can. It is about more than just providing monetary assistance; we encourage our employees to donate their time to causes close to their hearts, leading by example by lending a helping hand. By investing in the next generation of Australians, we can feel confident that we are contributing to a future society that is the best it possibly can be. Sporting teams are such an important cornerstone of the community, providing a place for people to come together to share their common interest. In addition to that, team exercise is an ideal way to remain physically fit, mentally sharp and socially connected. The Community Tree by APG is devoted to supporting local sporting clubs, helping them to purchase equipment or team attire. Children and adults alike benefit from team sport, building skills and friendships that can last a lifetime. In an age of rising obesity, it is more important than ever to support local clubs so they can continue to be there for the community. As with any tree, The Community Tree by APG will continue to grow in strength, stature and rings of experience as the years go by. With regular love and nourishment, we envision a broad canopy that will provide shelter and respite for the communities that gather beneath it.

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APG: fresh and fabulous in 2018

APG: fresh and fabulous in 2018

APG had a great 2017 and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2018. We have already kicked off 2018 in style with two new projects that are dear to us. The first is APG Maintenance & Engineering.Skirting these two areas for many years, we found that it was quite a natural transition to be able to accommodate these markets through our experience and knowledge in similar industries. Our ability to provide clients with access to highly-skilled and trained contractors and full-time and casual workers, goes hand-in-hand with our pre-site induction services. These services ensure workers are fully aware of their role, place within the company and any other administrative and contractual obligations.As part of our proactive approach to Maintenance and Engineering, we do recommend weekly and fortnightly site evaluations to ensure that both parties (employer and contractor) are mutually happy with the arrangement. Any areas of concern can be addressed and remedied as soon as possible. These evaluations can include anything from addressing training requirements and issues, to identifying areas of opportunity for the employee to advance within the company. The second project we are also extremely happy with - the rebranding of APG to APG Workforce. The decision to rebrand was a careful one. We wanted to make sure that it reflected how we saw ourselves as a business in the recruitment industry, and would resonate with our clients and potential clients. Workforce felt like a natural addition to our name, and was something that really struck a chord with everyone in the business. The word, we believe, reflects the work we do across a wide variety of industries and roles, while the volume of candidates and clients can be a force to reckon with, and so can APG when your needs have to be met. This is just the start of 2018 and already it is looking brighter, and there are still eleven months left. Therefore, if you need to fill roles with contractors, full-time, casual or temp staff, APG Workforce has access to the right candidates for the job. To lodge an enquiry, please feel free to contact us on 1300 793 340, or you can fill out our online enquiry form here. We will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

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Wishing you a Cherry Christmas: Spotlight on Cherry Farming in Australia

Wishing you a Cherry Christmas: Spotlight on Cherry Farming in Australia

It wouldn’t be summer in Australia without cherries being the centrepiece of many Christmas celebrations.Australia has one of the longest cherry seasons in the world thanks to the different climate zones across the country. Cherry season starts in Australia in the hottest spots and move slowly to cooler areas. Every state in Australia grows cherries (apart from the Northern Territory), and our country boasts over 700 cherry farms.

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'Tis the season to be working

November through to the end of January, for most, is the time to wind down, reflect on the year that has been, and look forward to the start of the New Year. For others, it is the perfect time in which to seek casual employment and earn some money over the holiday period. There may be many reasons that a business is looking for workers. Regular staff go on holidays, or their business simply gets busier over the Christmas period. Casual or contract jobs tend to become more plentiful over this period. So what industries will be looking to increase, or cover, their workforce over the holiday period? While most will know that retail is always one of the industries where work can be found during this period, there are also a range of other areas worth considering. WarehousingFrom factory hands through to supervisors, administration to forklift driving, the warehousing industry has a wide variety of roles for people of varying skill levels. Also, because many companies now have e-commerce, they tend to require people that can assist in the warehouse over the Christmas period, in order to meet demand. Office/ ProfessionalMany companies are now trading internationally and therefore need to meet the demands of the overseas market, as well as local. This requires many businesses to remain open over the holiday period, and the need to cover the gaps left by staff taking annual leave. Receptionists, personal assistants, administration and office support are just a few of the areas that will require temp or contract staff to help relieve the burden over this period. RetailThe pre-Christmas and New Year periods are the busiest for retail, and many businesses put on extra staff to cope with the hectic pace of the season. APG has access to over 100,000 candidates that have the skills and experience to be able to fill the gaps in your rosters and offices. If you are needing help this holiday season, please feel free to contact us on  1300 793 340, or you can fill out our online enquiry form here, and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

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APG is Expanding Operations

APG is proud to announce that we have expanded our services and offerings in to a new venture that we believe will become a fast-growing service to new and existing clients. Welcome to APG Maintenance and Engineering, a new division of APG.

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Keeping it Local: Hiring Local Builds Community

Keeping it Local: Hiring Local Builds Community

The mining industry has always been known for its uniqueness, especially regarding how their workers travel to job sites across the country. Mine workers come from all over Australia, and given that most mines in Australia are in remote rural areas, workers need to get to their job by way of plane. As the commodity boom started to ramp up around 2003, the mines started to operate seven days per week, 24 hours a day, and shifts started to stretch out toward 12 hours a day. With record profits rolling in, the companies could justify flying their new workforce between the city and the mines, and had to offer strong incentives to lure people into a new profession .Commonly referred to as FIFOs (Fly-in-Fly-Outs), these workers would be ferried to the various locations they had been rostered for. At the peak of the resources boom in 2011, experts estimate that more than 100,000 people were working in fly-in fly-out jobs across Australia, but that remains a guess, as the Australian Bureau of Statistics does not keep precise measurements of the industry . Yet companies like Hume Coal are looking at the more immediate vicinity when it comes to labour hire. From an excerpt on their website they state:“The Hume Coal Project will be investing in the local economy by providing an estimated 100 full time equivalent employees during the first year of operations, rapidly increasing to 300 jobs.”But there are more benefits to hiring local, than just creating more jobs, even though that is one of the major ones. On such benefit is keeping families together. Due to the rural location of many mines, and the lengthy shifts workers are required to work, most will live on site during their ‘roster’. Rosters range from eight days on with six days off (8/6) to shift splits like 9/5, 14/7, 14/14 or even four weeks on, one week off . Hiring workers locally, means they will be able to see family and friends on a regular basis, without the need to wait days, or weeks, before seeing them again. Being closer to family and friends greatly contributes to the well-being of mining workers.One of the biggest benefit for locals and the company, is to build and nurture a community. On their site Hume Coal states:“We will be engaging with local secondary and tertiary education institutions to improve career prospects for local people and those expressing employment interest in the Project. We will build skills of local students and apprentices in advance so that they will be able to participate in the Hume Coal Project.”In rural areas and communities where jobs are scarce, having education programs set up that increase the opportunity of employment is highly beneficial. Students will learn skills that directly relate to mining job opportunities, and in return, the company will have access to highly trained workers for the foreseeable future. The other significant benefit to hiring local is the socio-economic boost to the community. When an area becomes desirable due to work opportunities, people will move to the area just to be closer. If there are not enough houses, then land will be purchased, and builders contracted to build. Businesses will move in to service the needs of the community, while councils will receive land rates and taxes to put towards growing infrastructure. What once seemed like a desert, now becomes a thriving oasis.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight: The Benefits of Transferable Skills

The Lion Sleeps Tonight: The Benefits of Transferable Skills

The Elizabeth, SA Holden plant made headlines recently as the 7,787,675th vehicle rolled off the production line, marking the end of car manufacturing in Australia. The shutdown began in 2013.A Holden spokesperson said about 800 employees had transitioned from the factory since it announced in December 2013 that the company would withdraw from Australian manufacturing. Of those workers, 71 per cent have found jobs, 8 per cent have retired, 4 per cent are in full-time study and 1 per cent are full-time volunteers .

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The (Many) Benefits of Temporary Workers

The (Many) Benefits of Temporary Workers

Almost one-quarter (23%) of Australian employers say they now employ temporary or contract staff regularly with another 44% using them for special projects or workloads.The ABS estimate there are one million independent contractors, or about 9% of those employed nationally, up from about 980,000 five years ago.The employment landscape is showing a gradual, shift towards the use of temporary and contractual employees. What helps this shift is Australia’s changing attitude towards temporary and contractual work, which is a great benefit for businesses across the country.

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The growth of Aquaculture in Australia opens opportunities for regional workers

The growth of Aquaculture in Australia opens opportunities for regional workers

Australia is well known for fresh seafood, however along with an increasing population, seafood demand has increased considerably over the last three decades. Currently, Australia’s consumer demand for seafood exceeds the supply from domestic production and continues to grow. 

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Labour hire in the Atherton tablelands for Harvest Season

Did you know that it can be up to five years from planting until an avocado tree produces any fruit? Farmers in the QLD Tablelands region know everything there is to know about the humble Avocado tree with the industry accounting for a gross value in product of over $83m. Situated in Tropical North-East Queensland, Atherton is one of the main towns within the Tablelands region and is well known for its lakes, waterfalls, tropical rainforests, farming and agriculture. It is located about 80km inland from the ocean and has an approximate population of 8,200 people and a seasonal workforce that swells to nearly double during certain harvest peak times.

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