The number of apprentices hired in Australia has been decreasing each year for several years, despite the ongoing needs for the important skill sets provided by qualified tradespeople. We think there are many reasons why there’s been such a significant drop in numbers, with one of them simply being employers thinking it’s too hard! Yes, there are a few extra steps involved, but if you’ve been considering hiring an apprentice and you don’t know where to start, here are our top tips! … keep reading

Did you know that young people in Australia are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as the general population? According to recent figures, those aged between 15-24 had an unemployment rate of 11.6%, as compared to the general population of just 5.4%. Across the world, young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, so as World Youth Skills Day approaches on 15 July, we thought it was the perfect time to share our ideas on how employers can help young job-seekers enter the workforce. … keep reading

3, 2, 1…Happy New (Financial) Year! Yes, it’s that time of year again! The new financial year is a great time to check in with your personal and business goals, to assess if you’re on track, or if perhaps you need to ramp-up or re-evaluate the way you’re doing things. When it comes to your workplace, we’ve got a few ideas for your mid-year, workplace resolutions. … keep reading

Want an excuse to take your best friend to work? This Friday 22nd June is International Take Your Dog to Work Day, so if your pooch is feeling a little lonely at home, this is the perfect day for some social interaction! The initial idea behind the day was to encourage pet adoption through local shelters.

Bringing a pet to work (one that’s toilet-trained and friendly to people and other dogs, at least) is said to reduce stress and have a calming effect on the workplace. That is, after the initial ruckus and excitement from the novelty of having a dog in the office!

If your workplace management does agree to bringing your dog to work, we’ve got a few tips for making the most out of the day. … keep reading

There’s a growing opinion amongst younger generations, that working in a 9-5 job, with the same company until retirement and pensions, is not a dream of theirs, that is shared by their parents and grandparents.

Instead, moving through various roles and multiple career paths is the norm. Roles that provide meaning and purpose, plus time to enjoy the extra-circular activities they love, or looking after growing families, are relished and revered. Workplace flexibility provisions can become a great recruitment tool, engagement booster and overall productivity improvement model. … keep reading

There are some ads getting around the traps that are grinding our gears because they’re insinuating that Labour Hire is an appalling employment arrangement… but this is simply not the case.

There are many scenarios where Labour Hire is the perfect set up for both employers and employees, supporting both work-life balance and marketplace supply and demand. We’re finding that not everyone is looking for full-time or part-time work these days and more and more people are seeking more flexible working options which labour hire can provide, yet there is still a stigma associated with casual work. Some people automatically think it’s terrible before really looking at their lifestyles and what they’re able to achieve because of it.

Being providers of labour hire we know how great this option can be for businesses and workers alike, be we also do hear of some push-back when the term ‘labour hire’ is mentioned. We wish to share some of our insights in this space in the hope that the stigma is removed from this type of work relationship so more opportunities can be realised for those looking for work or workers. … keep reading