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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. 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. 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?

In 2016 the Australian Government released the Smart Cities Plan with the aim to provide a foundation for change to guide action, and to deliver better outcomes for Australian cities and the people who live in them.According to the report, “Across Australia, cities are facing different opportunities and challenges. While congestion and affordability are critical issues in capital and major cities, many regional cities are suffering from low or negative growth, as jobs lost in the manufacturing sector, or more recently the resources and energy sectors, are not replaced quickly enough.“The Smart Cities Plan will position our cities to succeed in the 21st Century economy. It is a plan for supporting productive, accessible, liveable cities that attract talent, encourage innovation and create jobs and growth.” The purpose of a smart city is to improve and simplify the lives of its citizens by combining technology with physical infrastructure and services. The government’s Smart Cities Plan highlights three core areas that need to work in unison to deliver smart cities of the future:

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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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Victorian State funded infrastructure projects injecting millions into local economy

In May this year we saw the Victorian state budget deliver detailed plans to spend $22 billion on infrastructure over four years, creating 100,000 new jobs in the state. Jobs Vic underpins the Government's approach to economic growth and public infrastructure investment. Through the Major Project Skills Guarantee the Government has made a commitment that all publicly funded works contracts, valued at or over $20 million (inclusive of GST), will be required to use local apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the total estimated labour hours.1

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Sydney’s second city set for marine revitalisation

Newcastle is a town known for its resilience. The east coast city has an ability to get back up fighting after being knocked down. Steelmaking had been synonymous with Newcastle for 84 years and the closure of BHP’s steelmaking plant in 1999 represented a watershed in Australian industrial, economic and social history. The fallout of which saw some of the highest rates of unemployment in Australia at the time. 

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Australia’s retail landscape sees growth in temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics

The expansion of overseas retail brands Costco and Aldi have seen an increase in the need for specialist temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics to service them. And with the launch of Amazon imminent in Australia, the need for temperature-controlled 3PL could see another growth phase. More than twice the size of Woolworths and Westfarmers, Amazon’s revenue is bigger than any of Australia’s biggest retailers. Globally, there has been a massive increase in the billion cubic feet of temperature-controlled warehouses. The Global Top 25 currently operates 3.86 billion cubic feet (109.57 million cubic meters) – an 8.13% increase from 2015.1International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) President & CEO Corey Rosenbusch talks about the growth in the industry. “The increase in capacity reflects continued consolidation and growth of the global cold chain industry. As our members expand into non-traditional sectors such as fresh and customised supply chain services, capacity will steadily increase.”While North America dominates the cold chain market with a 40% share in global market in 2014, the highest compound annual growth is expected in the Asia Pacific region.2 In Australia, the Refrigerated Warehouse & Transport Association of Australia Ltd (RWTA) represents both the warehousing and transport sectors involved in the storage, distribution and transportation of temperature controlled products in what is known as the Australian Cold Chain.

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National infrastructure surge set to boost employment across Australia

Australia is seeing a surge of rail, road and infrastructure projects kicking into gear as budget has been given to support large scale projects across Australia. Called the most ambitious infrastructure spending in a generation1, the Turnbull government will directly fund rail and road projects across the country and take full control of building a second international airport for Sydney.The budget provides an additional $20bn in capital spending — on top of $50m announced last year — for transport infrastructure. The most high-profile infrastructure commitment is $5.3bn investment over 10 years, to build a new Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek. The government is hoping to fast-track the project so it can start commercial operation of the second Sydney airport for all domestic and international aircraft by 2026. The Western Sydney Airport will support 3231 direct jobs and 8115 indirect jobs during construction, and 20,070 during early operation. Long-term estimates show it could support up to 117,850 jobs by the early 2060s, including 61,500 direct jobs.

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Getting the best out of your labour hire partner

As a labour hire company, APG are in the job of supplying the right candidate for short or long-term positions. Different to the traditional recruitment process where our involvement would finish once we have supplied the candidate, APG continue to be a part of your business and involved in the administration processes for the worker under a ‘labour hire’ agreement.Under this agreement, the staff provided are employees of APG, effectively ‘on hire’ for short or long-term positions. Most importantly, and valuable for your business is the fact that your labour is not hired directly by you, but rather are employed through APG. That means we take care of recruitment, onboarding, insurances, administrative tasks, payroll, superannuation and associated elements.

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Increase in mining jobs in Australia

Recent Seek data has shown that mining and manufacturing jobs have started seeing growth in 2017 after limited growth in previous years and quarters.SA and WA have led the increase in jobs growth, with SA showing manufacturing, transport and logistics roles on the increase while WA showing positive signs of the mining, resources and energy economy returning with 12.7% jobs growth year on year. Seek has also reported that the start of 2017 in WA has seen an advertising increase of 70 per cent in job roles in the mining and resources sector compared to the same period last year.

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APG –Proud Sponsor and Award Nominee of regional Queensland Training Awards

Each year, the Queensland Government celebrates and awards the state’s top training achievers, with individuals and organisations recognised for best practice, success, and innovation in vocational training and education (VET).This year, APG is a proud sponsor and honoured nominee of the awards for the South-East region, an area that APG is very familiar with through our regional office. APG is sponsor for the Equity VET Student of the Year Award, recognising an individual who has overcome significant barriers or disadvantages to participate in Vocational Education and Training.As well as being a sponsor of the award, APG has also been nominated for the Large Employer of the Year Award, which recognises a large enterprise that has achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training with 200 or more full time equivalent employees. APG is honoured to be nominated for the award by Nortec, a long-time client of APG in south east Queensland.

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Make up of Australia’s agricultural labour hire industry

While most immigration to Australia has been to the cities, in the past decade an increasing number of new immigrants (permanent and temporary) have been directed to regional and rural Australia.Many of these new immigrants have worked in the agricultural sector of the economy helping to redress labour shortages and adding new skills and innovative insights. This has contributed greatly to increasing the productivity of the Australian agricultural industry and re-energising regional and rural towns. Australia takes in about half of all working holiday makers who enter the some 35 countries who make up the OECD. They can work and travel around Australia from job to job. The agriculture, forestry and fishing industries receive the greatest benefit from this arrangement.Working holiday makers come from more than 20 countries. The UK, South Korea, Ireland, Germany, Taiwan and France provide the largest numbers. Fieldwork research completed with some of the Korean working holiday makers reported that the best thing about their experience was that they had good relations with the other nationalities they worked with, learned new skills, had the opportunity to improve their English and receive good wages.

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What does manufacturing look like in 21st century Australia?

The days of low-value mass production in Australia are nearly at an end. Any form of manufacturing where labour is a significant proportion of the total cost will move to a place with low labour costs, however, Australia is well-placed to lead the world in certain types of manufacturing.Products that depend on excellence rather than volume is the opportunity for Australia to excel. This is achieved through an investment in intangible assets; product design, strategic planning, business models and brand image. When these are applied well, the products that result can command a premium price from customers keen for quality. Australians can be at the forefront of connected manufacturing, which couples manufacturing with digital technology to improve speed, efficiency, accuracy and customisation.

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Health sector remains Australia's biggest employer

The health and social assistance sector remains the nation's biggest employer, followed by retail and construction, according to Bankwest analysis of Bureau of Statistics figures earlier this year. Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s and experts predict it will be the country's biggest employer for some time, as Australia's ageing population.

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Industries in Australia in need of more young workers

SALES, care, agriculture, hospitality and trades are five industries in need of young and inexperienced workers to meet current and looming skill shortages, according to a recent report in Herald Sun. Combined they are forecast to have hundreds of thousands of jobs becoming vacant in the next five years. Specifically in the agricultural field, the report found that only 9 per cent of workers in agriculture are aged 24 years and under and more than half (58 per cent) are aged 45 years and over. The National Farmers Federation reports 5-8 per cent jobs growth in picking jobs to 2020. Jobs growth sector-wide already is occurring in Victoria and South Australia where employment increased by about 20 per cent in the past five years.Trades occupations make up 42 out of the 183 jobs listed on the Federal Government’s Skilled Occupation List. Shortages exist across construction, automotive, engineering, electrical and food trades, and 95,900 new jobs for tradespeople are forecast to be created by 2021.APG provide specialist labour hire for a range of Australia's largest farming, manufacturing, transport and logistic operations, providing short term and long term labour hire service. Our labour hire team can fulfil a complete range of across all regions of Australia.Our years of recruitment experience enables us to effectively recruit the right staff for you.

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SA industry and manufacturing making a comeback

SOUTH Australia’s struggling manufacturing sector has made a dramatic comeback in the past 12 months, adding almost 10,000 jobs and becoming the single largest growth sector in the state economy, according to SA Advertiser. While there has been a severe long-term decline for SA manufacturing since a peak of 103,300 jobs in mid-2006, there’s been a recovery since the rock-bottom of 66,800 positions in 2013. [1]

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Manufacturing skills in demand across Australia

A report into the first quarter 2017 employment trends in Australian industries [1] has shown that Australia’s manufacturing market was active last quarter, with employers steadily recruiting. This is expected to remain the case this quarter.

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APG After Hours App – Never letting our clients down

APG have recently launched an After Hours App tool which our employees can use day or night to let us know of any issues with attending a shift so we can find a replacement for you.

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