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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.Riverina Redneck Rally Logo 2018 Web

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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

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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

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APG is Expanding Operations

Maintenance Engineering Logo RGBAPG 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

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Fresh is best – Australia’s love affair with healthy on-the-go convenience meals continues to grow


The humble sandwich has come a long way since being invented by the fourth Earl of Sandwich over two hundred years ago. Indeed, the sandwich was the original convenience food as it enabled the fourth Earl of Sandwich to continue to pursue his passion for gambling, without having to leave the gaming table to take meals. However, the development of the pre-packed sandwich industry is a more recent phenomenon.

The On-The-Go food category grew 18.5% in 2016 and is valued at $465 million in Australia.

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Convenience retailers are responding to changing shopper habits and the Australian market is beginning to resemble further developed global markets with a wide range of healthy options for the on-the-go consumer.
Busy lifestyles mean that people are shopping less often and increasingly buying breakfast and lunch ‘to go’ - with 21% of metro Australians eating lunch at their desks.

Rising health consciousness has also supported strong demand for fresh and healthy convenience foods. As health becomes more of a priority for many Australians the introduction of healthy, fresh, ready to eat food options, such as wraps, sushi, sandwiches and salads, is a key opportunity for convenience retailers.

New manufacturing and packaging technology has been crucial in the dramatic growth of the commercially prepared sandwiches market. Packaging innovation has and continues to aid sales via lengthened product shelf-lives and providing greater convenience to the consumer.

Extended shelf-life has meant that sandwiches can be produced centrally and distributed over long distances to various retail outlets. Developments in manufacturing technology have improved the quality of mass produced sandwiches and facilitated large volume production at minimal unit costs.

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According to Sarah Kneebone from Play Market Research, millennials are driving the demand as they seek out fresh and healthy alternatives to traditional fast food.

“Millennials are eating out more often and looking for quality, fresh food options – on the go. Going forward, convenience retailers will need to expand or improve On The Go offerings, to win over this generation of consumers.

Jeff Rogut, CEO at the Australian Association of Convenience Stores commented on the future of the industry.
“The short- and long-term outlook for the convenience industry in Australia is undeniably positive and the 2016 results underline the value proposition of convenience stores in the Australian retail landscape.”

“The continuing evolution of retail generally necessitates an unwavering focus from our retailers and suppliers to continue to evolve their offering to meet customers’ needs.”

APG supply labour hire to many of Australia’s leading producers of high quality, fresh convenience food. Contact us today for more information.

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Local Round Up – Cotton Growing in the Riverina

Local Round Up – Cotton Growing in the Riverina

The Riverina region of NSW produces over one-quarter of all fruit and vegetables produced in NSW and is also one of Australia’s largest exporters of bulk wines. Agriculture is the backbone of the Riverina’s economic prosperity and the region is often referred to as Australia’s Food Bowl.  

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Summer job? Best time to start looking is now

Summer job? Best time to start looking is now

Short term labour hire is an ideal way for businesses across Australia to fill any gaps due to increased staff annual leave as well as increases in business activity due to the seasonal peaks such as Summer and Christmas.

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Investment in Australian manufacturing given a well-deserved boost by Visy Australia

Investment in Australian manufacturing given a well-deserved boost by Visy Australia

Manufacturing in Australia isn’t dead, rather it has been going through a period of change and restructure. Recent movements by some of the industry’s biggest players proves there are still plenty of opportunities to invest in Australia’s onshore manufacturing.

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Smart Cities – Will they change the way we work?

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Local Round Up - Spotlight on Devonport TAS

A thriving agricultural industry is key to Tasmania's future and the Devonport region sits at the centre of this. Devonport processes about 350,000 tonnes of Tasmanian-grown vegetables each year.

The two biggest agricultural products in Tasmania are milk and potatoes, which are worth a combined $450 million every year, and make up nearly half of Tasmania’s total agricultural production. Meat production is also significant with twice as many specialist beef cattle farms as dairy farms.

Tasmania has three times the national average of vegetable farms per state, and according to the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the total value of Tasmanian vegetable production industry is about $239 million, grown on nearly 14,000ha and 1142 farming properties. The five most valuable commodities are traditional ones: green peas, hops, carrots, onions and potatoes, attracting big processors to the state, including a McCain Foods potato processing factory at Smithton and two Simplot frozen vegetable plants at Devonport and Ulverstone.

The food, agriculture and fisheries industries in Tasmania employ 18,300 people. The state’s 2,330 farm businesses generated a gross value of agricultural production of $1.485 billion – up from $1.438 billion in 2014-15. 

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