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Short Term Labour Hire for the Christmas Peak Season

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Getting your forklift license could be just the ticket

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APG proud to help raise money for Charity

APG were proud to be involved in the inaugural Corporate Clash at the Cube last week where our own director Glenn Redman donned gloves in a night of Boxing between 14 business owners and managers. We are pleased to announce Glenn won his bout in the heavy weight division in the last match of the night!Tickets for the Clash sold out in just 2 weeks of release months prior with nearly 600 spectators witnessing the 14 local businessmen come amateur boxers exchange blows for five hours.The real winner on the night was the charities that are the recipients of all funds raised on the night. The event raised over $40,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and $10,000 for the local Camden Rotary Club so a grand total of just over $50,000.APG looks forward to being involved again in 2015 and challenges other local business men and women to get involved to raise money for these important charities.

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R U OK? Day conversations in the workplace

R U OK? Day is an annual day in September dedicated to reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, "R U OK?", in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference and even save lives.But is it OK to ask a work colleague – R U OK? The average Australian spends more time with their work colleagues during the week than with their family and friends, making workers closely aware of their work colleague’s attitude changes or mood swings. In 2009, it was reported that 650,000 conversations took place as a result of the campaign, which statistically is proven to help stop little problems turning into big ones. R U OK? Day is an ideal opportunity for employers and employees alike to think about how they can better support each other in the workplace. A mentally healthy workplace, that has a positive and supportive atmosphere, is crucial to our wellbeing. Research suggests that Australian businesses lose up to $6.5 billion every year by failing to respond adequately and appropriately when employees experience mental health issues.To help employers, SANE Australia has created a new initiative to promote better workplace mental health: Mindful Employer . The Mindful Employer website contains resources which helps managers to create a more positive and supportive workplace for everybody.On 11 September this year, take a step towards a mentally healthy workplace and turn to a colleague and ask, "RU OK?"

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Different pathways of getting to your ideal job

This week, August 24 – 31 is National Skills Week, highlighting the importance of practical and vocational learning, and recognising the many pathways that people use to gain skills and practical learning. In launching the 2014 National Skills Week, organisers declared, “It has never been more important to ensure Australia has a skilled and productive workforce. Seldom does a day go by without a reference in the media to skills shortages. Skills training and vocational education are at the very heart of preparing young Australians with the skills they need to contribute to Australia’s robust and growing economy.”Vocational training and practical on the job training are essential to prepare people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft or technicians. While there has been a trend in Australia towards University higher education, figures released on 30 July 2014 show that, “the employment rates of newly graduated bachelor degree holders are the worst they have been in 20 years.” Apprenticeships are the ideal combination of vocational training and practical on the job training, preparing workers with the hands on skills they need and the theory and knowledge to grow their career beyond basic skills.APG can assist in employing apprentices or trainees and can place them with client businesses for as long as needed. We take care of the paperwork for wages, allowances, worker's compensation, superannuation etc, while you allow the apprentice time off to attend any off-the-job training that may be required.APG's Group Training program makes it simple as possible for businesses to take on apprentices and trainees. You have the flexibility to meet peak workloads and seasonal variations, with the worries of long-term contracts.

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Seasonal workers always in demand across Australia

Australia is such a big expansive country and with many different climate and weather zones, combined with the huge number of different crops grown by farmers, there is always the need for seasonal farm workers or fruit pickers somewhere across Australia. And it’s not just harvest or picking time that sees a large need for workers, there is also pruning and planting times which see the increased need for labour. The best thing about fruit picking and harvest jobs is that they can be found all year round if you are willing to travel. Working the harvest trail is possible all year long, moving from one area to the next when that crop has been picked - it's a great way to make money while seeing Australia. And it’s really up to you how long to stay in one area, when to move on and where to go next. APG provide specialist labour hire for a range of Australia's largest farming operations, providing short term and long term labour hire service for both field and shed staff. Our specialist farming and agriculture labour hire team are able to fulfil a complete range of seasonal farming roles.

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Cost of absenteeism in the workplace

A recent article from Forbes in the US encouraged workplaces to embrace their employee’s distractedness while watching the World Cup and to use it as a change for departments to connect and bond over a worldwide sporting event. That’s all good – if the games are being screened during work time.But here in Australia, it’s more likely we were up at 3am watching a game that doesn’t finish till nearly 6am when it’s too late to get back to bed for any sleep before having to get up and get ready for work. British employment law specialists ELAS said that World Cup fever, the mystery illness that strikes once every four years could cost the country's economy up $6.8 billion. Its survey of 1,500 workers revealed that 13 per cent will be "throwing a sickie" to watch matches and 43 per cent would take planned or unauthorised time off.Even without the mysterious World Cup fever, already 88 million days are lost to the Australian economy due to absenteeism, at a cost of $27.5 billion in sick leave and lost productivity according to a Direct Health Solutions’ 2013 Absence Management and Wellbeing report.The report found absences cost $2741 per employee a year, and 71 per cent of organisations considered absenteeism to be a significant cost to their business.So what can you do to keep productivity up in the world place? Ask staff to be considerate and request days off so you can manage projects and workflow. And don’t forget, APG are experts in short term staffing solutions across a wide range of industries. We can provide replacement staff for your soccer weary team.

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APG Chief Taking a Hit for Charity

A group of Macarthur businessmen have come together to organise a “fight night” to raise money for The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and Camden Rotary Club. APG’s own Glenn Redman will be putting it all on the line in his fight against Camden Hire’s Mike Scarce.Our Chief Operating Officer, now known as Glenn "Raging Bull" Redman will line up with 12 other business owners and managers on the 30th August in what is being dubbed the Corporate Clash in the Cube for Charity. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is Australia’s largest dedicated fundraiser for brain cancer research, driving the national research agenda for brain cancer. Camden Rotary actively has a range of charity and fundraising projects to assist the local community as well as the international community.

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APG Training Update

It’s been another exciting month for APG Training with successful classes of highly motivated students training in APG facilities in VIC, QLD and NSW.

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New rail projects across the country boosting need for specialist rail and infrastructure workers

Australia has fallen in love with the rails all over again. The news is certainly positive for the rail and infrastructure sector with both federal and state governments announcing many long-term rail projects and more importantly allocating funding towards the projects.

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Choosing aged care as a Career

Over the next twenty years and beyond, the aged care requirements of Australians will almost double as we see our ageing population propel the need for more facilities and retirement homes. This growth will see a massive need for aged care worker to support the increased number of retirees and aged care facilities. In the next 10 years, 60% of our current aged care workers will be reaching retirement age and in the next 20+ years, these former workers will become our aged care clients.Australia is facing an unprecedented workforce shortage in aged care. A career in the aged care industry can be lucrative and rewarding. Some of the key attributes to being an aged care worker include:

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Benefits of Workforce Group Training

Group training organisations (GTOs) support the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Australia by providing:

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Why taking a break is a good thing?

When you work hard, it’s important to take a break – switch off from work, turn off the constant stream of emails and phone calls, catch up with family and friends and enjoy just relaxing and being social for a while. It seems a strange question - Why would anyone choose not to take the time away that they’ve rightfully earned? For many, fear is a factor — fear of missing out, being judged or that the work will inevitably pile up.For many workers, taking time away from their jobs feels like an unattainable luxury.The effects of working long hours without taking sufficient holiday breaks can be highly detrimental to workplace productivity, creativity and the quality of the work being delivered."Our bodies need a break from the stresses of work," says Andrew McCombe, author of Activate Your Life. "We often overlook the importance of proper rest and relaxation, but without it our bodies don't have time to repair, recuperate and grow."Melissa Compton-Edwards, author of the report, Married to the Job, has a warning for employers who don’t insist on a healthy work/life balance for their employees. “What should not be overlooked is that excessive hours can have a negative effect on job performance and cause costly or reputation-damaging mistakes. Fatigue-related accidents are potentially life-threatening. Employers need to ensure that they do everything in their power to improve productivity through efficiency improvements rather than by overloading their staff.”So, take some time out. Turn off your phone, your tablet and your notebook. Spend time with friends and family and enjoy.

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships make good business sense!

In April, Australia hosted National Youth Week – a time to celebrate the contribution young people make to society and awards are given out to acknowledge and recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s youth. APG recognise the importance of young people in the workforce and the unique contribution that apprentices can make to a business.The latest unemployment figures show that youth unemployment currently stands at 917,000, a rate of nearly 20pc – nearly three times the rate of the workforce as a whole. Many businesses are concerned about taking on young apprenticeship staff – apprenhensive about investing time and resource s into training only to have the apprentices not complete their training or leave once they are awarded their trade. Investing in training is a smart business strategy that can help to grow your business and guard against future skills shortages. Employee engagement and retention leads to increased levels of productivity. A range of employer incentives are available for employers who take on full time apprenticeships and traineeships. APG can help you with what financial incentives your business may be eligible for.APG can assist in employing apprentices or trainees and can place them with your business for as long as needed. We take care of the paperwork for wages, allowances, worker's compensation, superannuation etc, while you allow the apprentice time off to attend off-the-job training that may be required.APG's Training program makes it simple as possible for businesses to take on apprentices and trainees.

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Reduce your stress at work this World Kidney Day

13 March 2014 is the official World Kidney Day. Kidney disease is most often caused by other conditions that put a strain on the kidneys – and stress in the workplace can be a factor in this.High blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes are the most common causes of kidney disease. The evidence indicates that high blood pressure causes just over a quarter of all cases of kidney failure.The cause of around 90% of cases of high blood pressure is unknown, although there appears to be a link between the condition and a person’s general health, diet and lifestyle.Known risk factors for high blood pressure include age, family history, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, a high fat diet and of course, stress. While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical health.The work environment can pose a real challenge to maintaining employee health — especially when it comes to stress. Almost half of employed respondents in a recent Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace survey conducted by Optum Health said the top obstacle they faced was having too little time More than one third said that they had too much stress at work. And one in five believed that their job was too demanding for them to focus on making healthful choices.Respondents to the same survey whose companies placed an importance on health were somewhat less likely than others (31 percent versus 41 percent) to say that too much stress prevented them from maintaining a more healthful lifestyle at work. Tips of how you can reduce your stress at work today

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Essential skills for great administration staff

Administration staff are the backbone of every business – regardless of the industry or sector. They are the accounts department who process the bills, send out the invoices and pay the staff, the receptionist who greets customers and suppliers, the office manage who runs the whole show and the Secretaries and PA’s. Without a doubt administration staff has to possess a wide range of skills to successfully undertake their varied roles. Far beyond being proficient in the office equipment, typing, MYOB etc., the skills administration staff need to possess extend way beyond. So what are five essential skills for great administration staff?

Communication Skills – Administration staff need to have high level effective written and verbal communication skills to perform their role. As admin staff regularly interact with the customers, they should have strong service orientation and be able to provide customers and clients with the answers they needOrganisational Skills – Often administration staff are responsible for bringing meetings together, organising others, delivering projects on deadline and coordinating company resources. Organisational skills are the most important job skills in an administration role.Relationship Building - Networking, the art of building alliances, is a critical skill for employees at all levels and in all job roles – creating rapport and gaining influence are highly valued skills for administration staff.Project Management – Administration staff need to be able to motivate and sustain people, solving problems and helping with removing obstacles. Project managers must be able to address and solve problems within the team, as well as those that occur outside the team.Problem Solving and decision making are important skills for business. In a recent report , employers in small, medium and large enterprises identified the following aspects of problem solving as crucial to success in their organisations:Developing creative, innovative solutionsDeveloping practical solutionsShowing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving themSolving problems in teamsApplying a range of strategies to problem solving;Applying problem solving strategies across a range of areasResolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues
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Healthy Lifestyle benefits Australian workers and workplaces

With most Australians spending about one third of their lives at work, the workplace needs to be seen as an extension for promoting health and wellbeing. A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce, and more and more employers are taking an active approach to instigating healthy lifestyle programs into their workplace. The benefits of active lifestyle and health programs far outweigh any investment costs to such a program for employers. Healthy employees are nearly three times more productive and are less likely to take frequent sick leave. A study undertaken by Medibank Private revealed that the “…healthiest Australian workers are almost three times more productive than their unhealthy colleagues.”

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Construction trades in hot demand

Construction is the third largest employing industry in Australia and is expected to experience a 10% growth in coming years. The Housing Industry Association now forecasts over 160,500 new dwellings will be built in the 2013-14 financial year, making skilled tradespeople most in demand and also highlighting the skills shortage in construction trades. The skills shortage within construction trades is fundamentally a result of the decrease in the number of Australia’s entering apprenticeships and trainees – in 2013 there were 20.6% fewer apprentices and trainees in training than in 2012.Main occupations in high demand within the construction industry include

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Nurturing home grown Australia talent

Australian Businesses and Government need to do more to recruit, retain and protect valued home grown human resources as economic migration for employment becomes easier and more common place. Australian companies need to keep high-quality managerial and executive talent to succeed into new and innovative market places that are so critical to the future growth of businesses everywhere.Telstra chief David Thodey has been outspoken about how Australia is not doing enough to foster home grown talent and innovation.

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Keeping labour hire staff safe is our priority

Ensuring of the safety of labour hire staff in the workplace is everyone’ responsibility and should be everyone’s priority. APG ensures the health and safety of all our workers on-site, ensuring that we undertake the following steps for each and every work placement

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