5 Things to Remain Positive About during Coronavirus
Thursday, 19th March 2020
OUR world has changed dramatically due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said schools will remain open but events with more than 500 people have been cancelled.
Social distancing is the buzz word. No more handshaking or hugging. Videos on how to wash your hands fill the internet. Those over 70 are urged to stay home.
Amid the grim news, here are five ways coronavirus threat can bring out the best in us.
1. CARE FOR EACH OTHER
This is obvious but, in these times, we've seen some ugly moments of shoppers fighting each other for the last roll of toilet paper. Don't be that person. Share what you have (including soap) and don't stockpile so others miss out. Look out for your neighbours and help the elderly with shopping. If you know someone who works in the medical field, assist them. Walk their dog, mow their lawn. Nurses and doctors are busy and any way we can help goes a long way. Most importantly, if you even think you're sick, self-isolate so as not to spread the virus.
2. GROW FOOD
If you plant lettuce seedlings (Cos lettuce is good this time of year), within a week you'll able to eat it. Plant spinach and other fast-growing vegies. Share the spoils from your garden. This is the time to be alone, or with your family, in the garden. Share the vegies over the back fence with your neighbour. Fresh food is what your body needs right now. Even if you don't have a garden, use pots to grow food.
3. CLEAN YOUR HOME
Doesn't sound exciting but crank up your favourite music and do those jobs around the house that you've been too busy to do. Clean out cupboards, under the house, under the bed. Rearrange your shelves, wash the kid's toys and clean your windows. Wipe your house clean which also adds to the extra hygiene factors needed at this time.
4. REDISCOVER THE SIMPLE PLEASURES IN LIFE
Walking, reading, playing Scrabble, making popcorn and watching a movie on Netflix. The virus is forcing us to slow down and appreciate what we have. Instead of going out, enjoy the night sky, learn the names of the constellations, cook a tasty meal, go through old photos, write a letter to distant family members. Slow down and appreciate the time at home.
5. KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOUR
It is in our Australian DNA to make light of a crisis. Do the right thing but don't forget to see the best in others and revel in how life has a way of flipping us on our heads. Look for the lighter side of things that are going on around you and remember that you are not the only one feeling a bit rocked by this world event so keep in contact with friends & family.
APG Workforce Annual Management Conference
Thursday, 5th March 2020
APG Workforce’s national management team all met in Sydney for the annual APG Workforce Management Conference yesterday
they got to preview some exciting new IT developments we’ll be implementing in 2020.
We also got the chance to re-connect, celebrate new ideas and challenge the status quo.
An exciting year ahead.
Thursday, 14th February 2020
it's always nice to receive this feedback from our wonderful candidates. Happy to know we are making a positive impact on people’s lives!
APG Bake for Fire Fighters
Thursday, 14th November 2019
On Wednesday night after work the girls from our Tamworth Branch went home and baked over 100 muffins and helped pickup supplies donated for the hard working firefighters out fighting the Moonbi ranges fire in Northern NSW.
We are very proud of the girls in our Tamworth branch who have gone out for their local community on a number of occasions this is what the APG family is all about!
From all at APG Workforce we are thinking of everyone effect by the bushfire crisis right up the east coast and would like to say a huge thank you to the firefights and volunteers on the ground protecting the local communities.
keep up the great work!
APG Taking the Plunge with RMHC
Friday, 25th October 2019
On Friday last week APG directors Glenn, David and Grant took the plunge in Adelaide to raise much needed fund for RMHC.
The directors and almost 100 other were the first to take on RMHC Adelaide’s newest fundraising event, taking the plunge down 34 stories of the 132 meter westpac building in South Australia.
The event so far has raised over $200,000 and APG are so proud to be apart of this fantastic event for this amazing charity.
Here at APG we are always excited to try new ways in helping RMHC through our national partnership.
If you would like to know how you can get involved with RMHC please visit rmhc.org.au
Girls Night In Sponsored by APG/CMR
Monday, 14th October 2019
Back in 2008 our very own Penny Batty (CMR Division - Notting Hill, VIC) and her mother began an amazing event “Girls Night In” to raise money for Cancer Council Victoria.
The event start with 10-20 women in Penny’s mums lounge room with a few games and a small afternoon tea raising $220.
From there the event grew beyond their expectations, not realising “Girls Night In” would become so popular that it books out 1 year in advance or that within 12 years and over 14 events they would raise an astonishing $118,144 for Cancer Council Victoria.
The event is held in October every year with over 250 raffle prizes, 50 auctions, a lot of fun and laughter with over 170 women in attendance. This year APG and Our CMR division were delighted to be a sponsor of the 2019 Girls Night In which raised $18,144 Penny and her mums largest sum to date.
“Thank you CMR/APG for this donation, with your generosity and support, we are one step closer to achieving a cancer-free future” - Penny Batty
APG New Tagline
Wednesday, 25th September 2019
Over the past couple of months APG Workforce ran an internal competition to come up with the new company tagline.
All internal staff were encouraged to submit a tagline of what APG means to them.
We had entries from staff across the country and the APG directors chose “Because People Matter” as our new APG Workforce tagline.
The entry was submitted by Lindsay Pearson - Account Manager in our Ingleburn Branch
The directors selected this tagline because they believe it best suits the culture of APG Workforce. Because People matter, staff, management, jobseekers and our clients, they all people matter to us.
We would like to congratulate Lindsay and she is taking home a $500 Flight Centre voucher.
We also want to thank every staff member who submitted entries, they were all very clever and some even made us giggle.
APG Meals from the Heart at RMHC Newcastle
Monday, 10th September 2019
Last night APG workforce Beresfield employees Natalie Trimboli (Branch Manager), Sonia Leonard (Senior Recruitment Consultant), Shayla Walker (recruitment Consultant), Shingi Thiagarajah (Admin/Resourcer) and Ingleburn's Brooke Onley (Charity & Events Manager) spent their night cooking a famous APG BBQ for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Newcastle.
The night was spent frying sausages, Chicken Kebabs, onions on the BBQ as well as cutting rolls and making ice cream cups with cute bear faces with some sneaky taste testing along the way but all this hard work was worth it when we could provide a wonderful meal for the families staying at RMHC Newcastle. APG workforce is so happy to be partnering with RMHC Nationally and we can’t wait to do this again along with many other fantastic ways to support this wonderful charity.
If you would like to know how you can get involved with RMHC please comment below or visit rmhc.org.au
APG Tenambit Sharks All Age Women
Monday, 19th August 2019
The APG Tenambit Sharks All age women have had a strong finish to the season. Their game against Uni, who had 15 players available to rotate the girls and keeping fresh legs on the park was a lot easier than the 12 the sharks had due to a few injuries from their previous game and also a couple unavailable, it was a very tough game but all the girls on the park gave 100%.
Going into round 10 which had been washed out due to the rain earlier that week they were playing night game a first for a lot of the girls which distracted them a little as it was something different to them. The game started off a little one sided and unfortunately it wasn’t their way, with Stockton scoring the first goal of the match. Once the girls got use to playing under lights they came into their own knocking 1 past the keeper to go into half time 1 - 1. The second half started and the girls came out firing slotting 2 more goals to take the game 3 - 1 their way with 20minutes to go. The tension on the Stockton bench but with 15 minutes left to go the ball hit one of the sharks players hand in the box, giving Stockton a penalty shot which was successful to bring the score to 3 - 2. Unfortunately in the dying minute Stockton got a runaway from the sharks solid defence and put a 3rd past the keeper to draw the game 3 - 3 to finish the game and once again the girls walked off the park in high spirits.
The following Sunday, 4 days after their draw against Stockton. The girls turned up to play looking for their second win for the season. With Claire sharks central defender injuring her hamstring on Wednesday night decisions had to be made on who to play and where. Without hesitation Claire put on the goalkeeper shirt and stood between the posts and the sharks great keeper Lou came out and played central defender. Just after halftime the sharks were given a penalty for a poor tackle on one of the sharks players. With no one wanting to take the shot, Lou stepped up and put it straight past the keeper. Well lets say it was like winning the lottery the girls were over the moon. Straight back into the game there was a couple of shots on the sharks goal but nothing could get past our wonderful defence and our goalkeeper. So with their 2nd win and a draw in the last 2 games they had to play 1st place team Garden Suburbs the following Sunday.
Sunday rolled around and the wind was blowing at gale force with temperatures of around 6 degrees it wasn’t feeling like a great day to finish the season. only having 11 players with no reserves gave everyone the idea this might have been a one sided game, The sharks were on the bottom of the table and were about to play 1st place but the girls chased everything like they were playing the grand final, First half ending in a 1 - 1 draw. In the second half both teams came out red hot with both teams having shots and showing some great goalkeeping, unfortunately Garden Suburbs hit the ball just out of the reach of the sharks keeper the ball rolled across the goal line to give Garden Suburbs a 2 - 1 victory. It wasn’t all losses though with the Garden Suburbs coach coming over to the girls after the game saying that it was one of the best games of the season and complimenting the girls on how far they have come from the first game, it was very pleasing for the sharks coach and all the girl.
“All the girls would like to thank APG for the wonderful support and hopefully it can continue next year. Thanks again” - Tenambit Sharks All Age Women
APG at the RMHC Red Boot Hoot
Monday, 5th August 2019
On Saturday 3rd August 2019, APG Workforce attended the Annual RMHC South East Queensland Gala Ball also known as the ‘Red Boot Hoot’ at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. It was a fantastic night, for a fantastic cause which APG workforce was very proud to be a Bronze Sponsor.
Every year the Red Boot Hoot brings a little taste of the EKKA to the ballroom, with lots of fun activities like the mechanical bull, laughing clowns and more exciting arcade games. The best part is any ride coupons purchased went straight to RMHC, so of course we had some fun to raise money!
In attendance was Brooke Onley (APG Charity & Events Manager), Neil Bentham (APG National BDM) and his lovely wife Laura. We also had the pleasure of extending an invite to some of APG’s Queensland clients Jack Uzarevic and his wife Sharon, Michael Smithson and his Fiancé Emma along with Grant Onley and his wife Joanne.
The night was a major success raising much need funds for RMHC SEQ chapter which supports over 150 families every night across 3 houses as well as over 30,000 people a year in their family rooms across South East Queensland.
We look forward to continuing our support of RMHC all across Australia and continue being advocates to do our part in Keeping Families Close, Because People Matter!
APG at the RMHC Northern NSW Gala Ball
Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
On Saturday 20th July 2019, APG Workforce attended the Annual RMHC Northern NSW Gala Ball at the Newcastle Convention and Exhibition Centre. It was a fantastic night, for a fantastic cause which APG Workforce was very proud to be a VIP Gold Sponsor.
In attendance was some of the APG Workforce Beresfield crew including Natalie Trimboli (Branch Manager), Sonia Leonard (Senior Recruitment Consultant) and Shayla Walker (Recruitment Consultant) along with Tammy Sheather (National Operations Manager), Neil Bentham (National BDM) and Brooke Onley (Charity & Events Manager). We had the pleasure of extending an invite to two of APG’s longstanding clients Stephen Jolliffe and Linda Sharpe.
“Just a quick note to say thank you to APG Workforce for the invite to RMHC NNSW BALL, it was a very worthwhile special occasion, myself & Kim really enjoyed the whole evening.” - Stephen Jolliffe on his time at the ball.
The night was a major success raising over $100,000 for RMHC NNSW chapter which hold houses in Newcastle and Tamworth, along with Family retreats and family rooms in hospitals in the northern region of NSW.
We look forward to continuing our support of RMHC all across Australia and continue being advocates to do our part in Keeping Families Close, Because People Matter!
APG Workforce in the Kitchen at Ronald McDonald House Westmead
Friday, 14th June 2019
Last night APG workforce Ingleburn employees Glenn Redman (CEO), Tammy Sheather (National Operations Manager), Kelly Frost (National Performance Manager), Neil Bentham (National BDM), Kim Clarkstone (WHS Coordinator) and Brooke Onley (Charity & Events Manager) spent the night in the kitchen cooking a nice hot, home cooked meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Westmead.
The night was spent chopping vegies, frying sausages, mixing cakes, lots of washing up and sneaky taste testing but all this hard work was worth it when we could provide a wonderful meal for the 60 families around 250 people staying at RMHC Westmead. APG workforce is so happy to be partnering with RMHC Nationally and we can’t wait to do this again along with many other fantastic ways to support this wonderful charity.
If you would like to know how you can get involved with RMHC please comment below or visit rmhc.org.au
The Community Tree by APG: Community Sponsorships
Monday, 13th May 2019
APG is an active community development agent that supports partnership projects within the community. We ensure all our community partnerships are effective and sustainable and all dealings with the communities are respectful and inclusive.
APG has a range of community partnership activities that assist with a variety of community needs. Both our directors and staff are heavily involved in many sporting clubs across the country from coaching to committee member positions. The children are our future employees and leaders so getting involved teaching discipline, improving skills and playing to your best but fairly are things that will assist them in the future.
At APG teamwork is everything and this style of work ethic is encouraged to be extended into the community with our staff supporting sporting and fundraising committees raising awareness but also showing that they, in their own time, give back to the local people who support us in the workplace.
The Community Tree by APG is a strong supporter of sport in all age groups, which we believe is a great way to stay fit and healthy whilst working in a team environment helping each other. It is so important to exercise and stay involved in some sort of activity that keeps the body and mind fresh. We enjoy the chance to make a difference in helping local sporting teams and clubs through purchase of team apparel or sporting equipment. Additionally, it may be an individual pursuit that you are after or something completely different, like a car rally visiting towns, raising money for community projects. The Community Tree by APG will be there to support you.
If you know of any local community group that needs APGs support, please message us or comment below to see how we can help!
The (Many) Benefits of Temporary Workers
Friday, 19th April 2019
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.
How does this shift help businesses?
Small to medium businesses can quickly adapt their teams to handle busy or slow periods, as well as holiday and long-term leave. Contractors can be brought on for specialist projects, initiatives or to meet deadlines not possible with current staffing levels.
Using a temp or contractor can introduce a business to people with skillsets they do not need daily, but can utilise on project-by-project basis. This helps a business to make sure they have the right people for the right amount of time, which helps keeps budgets under control and properly managed.
Using a temporary hire or contractor can help keep budgets under control, and strictly managed, due to their generally short length of time. Depending on the project, or need, temporary and contract hires can last anything from one day through to one year. A business can extend the length of time, or decide not to renew once the period comes to an end, helping to cut down on over spending on wages.
Testing Talent/Meaningful Hires
Some businesses may put on a temporary worker or contractor to test the need for their skills, and their compatibility with the organisation. In some cases, temporary workers and contractors has been hired to fill gaps, only to be kept on a permanent basis after showing impressive skills and talents.
For nearly 20 years APG’s highly experienced recruiters have been delivering tailored recruitment solutions to a wide variety of industries. From un-skilled to management, professionals through to trades, APG has a database of over 35,000 candidates who demonstrate passion, drive and integrity towards their chosen fields.
If you are looking to increase productivity, cover a gap in your workforce, or have a staffing emergency, contact APG on 1300 793 340, or fill out our online enquiry form here and we will be in contact soon.
APG is continuing our support of RMHC
Wednesday, 6th March 2019
In March 2018, APG was thrilled to sign up with Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia as a national corporate sponsor. In just 12 months APG has raised over $50,000 in funds for RMHC this is equivalent to 378 nights of accommodation for families staying at a RMHC house.
Over the 12 month period APG has had over 400 employees signed up to workplace giving. This was a fantastic effort by everyone and we can’t wait to do more in 2019
One of the biggest misconceptions that Ronald McDonald House Charities encounters is “why does Ronald McDonald house need our money they have Macca’s behind them” McDonald’s are great supporters but financial sponsorship from companies and the public is up to 20 times less than similar national charities because of this misconception. They are desperate to raise money to keep the houses open and programs going to help Aussie sick kids and their families.
in saying this APG are proud to be a National Corporate partner with RMHC and we have recently re-signed to continue supporting this great charity for another 12 months.
APG in Canberra for RMHC
Tuesday, 12th February 2019
APG’s Charity and Events Manager – Brooke Onley braved the cold in Canberra last Thursday to made a visit to the RMHC House.
The Canberra house is mainly utilised by families with premature newborns as the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Canberra has an amazing NICU department.
In the quiet room of this house has an amazing display called the butterfly wall. This beautiful display has been created over the year by the families that have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Canberra, each butterfly has been placed by a family that has continued on from their stay at Ronald McDonald House.
“It is always a wonderful experience going through these amazing house and seeing how they manage to make a comfortable space for the families going through hard times” – Brooke
January is the hottest month for job change
Thursday, 17th January 2019
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.
Wishing you a Cherry Christmas: Spotlight on Cherry Farming in Australia
Thursday, 20th December 2018
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.
Chinese market ripe for Australian Cherries
While the Australian thirst for cherries certainly ramps up as Christmas approaches, the Chinese market is one of the biggest opportunities for Australian growers who are expanding their orchards and operations to export to the largest market in the world.
Earlier this month, the Australian Government announced that it had struck a deal to allow fresh cherries from Australia’s mainland to be air freighted to China. While Australian cherries have had access to China since 2013, only Tasmanian cherries were able to be air freighted due to fruit-fly concerns. Cherries from other states were required to undergo a fumigation process while being shipped by sea, which took about 21 days.
The move, announced as part of market access reforms that will also see Australian peaches, plums and apricots gain access to the lucrative Chinese market, is considered a major win for the industry and will see growth in stone fruit farming, who can begin the process of setting up export channels.
Australia is a relatively small player in the world of cherry production, with the southern hemisphere only representing 7% of the world’s production. However, as with much Australian produce, they have gained a good reputation regarding their quality, and are perceived as much safer than some grown locally in Asian markets.
Australia’s largest competition for exporting cherries into China is Chile, the other main producer of cherries in the Southern Hemisphere. China is Chile's biggest cherry consumer market. In 2015, almost 80% of Chile's cherry exports moved to China.
While Chile currently produces a greater quantity of cherries for the export market, Australia has one very clear and unchangeable advantage – location. Australian cherry farmers can get their fruit into China before producers from Chile can, offering fresher product and quicker supply. Cherries from mainland Australia can potentially be on Chinese supermarket shelves within 48 to 72 hours of harvest.
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is one of the most anticipated dates for exporters of cherries. The Chinese greatly value cherries. According to their culture, it is a lucky gift: its red colour symbolises prosperity and fortune; and its roundness symbolises perfection and eternity. Demand for this fruit skyrockets in the Chinese New Year, which in 2018 will be held on Friday 16 Feburary, although the celebration lasts 15 days.
Support for Australian horticulture
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation), a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development company, recently announced bold new export targets that would lift export earnings by hundreds of millions of dollars per year if they are reached. These targets include the export of 12,000 tonnes of cherries by 2020 – 21, a jump of 340 per cent over 2015 levels.
The ambitious targets will be supported by a new overseas marketing campaign to help promote Australia’s sought-after fresh produce overseas. Taste Australia will feature in trade shows, export campaigns and in overseas retail outlets stocking Australian produce.
Hort Innovation chairman Selwyn Snell said there was significant potential to increase Australian horticulture exports, pointing to "untapped opportunities" and Australia's reputation for growing high-quality food.
"Australia is known for delivering high-end produce that has undergone the most rigorous food safety inspections along all stages of the supply chain," he said.
"We want to build upon that. The first way we are doing this is through Taste Australia, which tells the unique story of Australian horticulture products."
McHappy Day is on Saturday 17th November!! and APG will be Looking the part in their McHappy day socks and you can too by picking-up your pair of McHappy Day socks from your nearest Macca’s for just $5!!
As the largest fundraiser for RMHC Australia nationally, McHappy Day is crucial in raising funds for the charity, which helps keep families together while their seriously ill child undergoes treatment. Since it first started in 1991, McHappy Day has raised more than $42 million for RMHC and over $4 million in 2017.
APG is encouraging everyone to get involved by buying a Big Mac from the Macca’s near you, $2 from every Big Mac sold on McHappy Day will go directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities, and for the first time Big Macs will be available all day following the launch of McDonald’s all day menu.
Or alternatively you can make a gold coin donation with one of our Bucket Brigades that will be out in full force on McHappy Day or purchase a $2, $5, $10 or $50 Helping Hands.
Top 5 Projected Growth Industries in 2018
Thursday, 11th October 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.
1. Information Technology
Across Australia information technology systems are now vital to the successful working of all businesses and industries. According to the Labour Market Information Portal, ‘Computer System Design and Related Services’ is predicted to grow an impressive 24.6% growth in the next 5 years.
2. Healthcare and social assistance
Earmarked as one of the top two growth industry over the next five years to 2022, 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.
Working family’s dependence on childcare has increased as more mother’s return to work earlier after having children and hence the need for qualified childcare workers has also increased. Over the next five years, demand for workers in childcare is projected to grow 13.7%.
Not always seen as the sexiest industry, accountancy is a safe bet that is seeing growth. There are about 193,000 accountants working in Australia today. By 2020, the profession is predicted to grow by 13.3 per cent to almost 220,000 accountants.
5.Logistics and Warehousing
With the growth of online retailing and specifically temperature controlled 3PL, the logistics and warehousing sector is predicted to hold steady growth of 6.5% in the next five years.
APG offers employment solutions around Australia in a range of industries. For more information, contact us today.
On Saturday Night 15th September 2018, APG was lucky enough to be able to attend the 32nd annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Gala Ball. The night was filled with Great food and entertainment with even better company.
On the night there was over 1000 Guests in attendance among them was APG's Director - Glenn Redman and his wife Sam, National Operations Manager - Tammy Sheather and her partner Darren, National Performance Manager - Kelly frost and her husband Brian, National WHS and Quality Manager - Kim Duke, National Charity and Events Manager - Brooke Onley and APG's Client WHS Manager Kerri Smith and her husband Sebastian.
The ball was a huge success for RMHC NSW raising over 1 million dollars which will help keep the houses and facilities across NSW running This provides families with seriously ill children a home away from home whilst keeping the children close to the care and facilities they desperately need.
APG Ingleburn branch staff have some fun in the sun
Wednesday, 22nd August 2018
The APG team in Ingleburn had a lovely afternoon painting in the sun as part of a team building exercise run by the Shane and Danielle at Mates Puzzles.
Mates puzzles was founded by Danielle Mate Sullivan and Shane Sullivan as a new and innovative program in NSW. Over the 2hrs participants are encouraged to share their stories and paint a positive representation of themselves. The Mates Puzzles program shares the message of unity, connection and supports the need for reconciliation and 'Closing The Gap'. "Mates puzzles was a fantastic team building exercise encouraging us to share our stories with our co workers"
The concept behind Mates Puzzles is to enhance learning about indigenous culture and our own culture highlighting the notion we are all connect and part of the puzzle.
The program uses positive creative expression to solidify the connection between a team, workplace and the land and communities in which we are from.
“We all had a fantastic time learning new skills and having a laugh with each other, by the end everyone was so much more relaxed.” – Brooke (Charity and Events Manager)
APG CEO and Staff visit RMHC Chapters in Queensland
Monday, 3rd August 2018
Thank you so much Theresa Scanlan Executive Manager - Fundraising for taking the time to take our recruitment consultant Rhiannon Manton and CEO Glenn Redman around the beautiful Ronald McDonald House South East Brisbane.
As Rhiannon said “The inspiration and eye opening for me was absolutely fantastic! I will definitely be sharing my experience with everyone and getting them involved and helping out where they can”.
CEO Glenn Redman also had the fantastic experience of visiting RMHC at Townsville Hospital.
“What an amazing and inspiring job they do and service that they provide. Supporting families with sick and injured children right across Nth QLD to the neighbouring islands. Thanks Marnie Bricknell Executive Partnership Manager and Denise Lumsden Program Manager & Acting CEO for taking the time to show me around.”
With over 70 rooms filled with families staying with sick children they really do need all the community support that they can get either in time volunteering or financially so please visit www.rmhc.org.au to find out more today
APG Directors dress up for a good cause
Monday, 23rd July 2018
On Friday 20 July 2018, APG Directors attended the 27th Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Victoria’s annual charity ball, over $500,000 was raised to support the work of RMHC, providing a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children.
The ‘magical’ themed event was held at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium, and played host to over 1000 guests. Speckled amongst the guests were Multiple Logie Winning Actress Asher Keddie and her husband, renowned artist Vincent Fantauzzo, Reality TV success stories Taylor Henderson (AGT), Nathanial (X-Factor) and Telv Williams (MAFS) to name a few.
In support of RMHC and the Gala, APG entered their one of a kind Big Mac Fridge (won by the directors in another fundraiser) to the Live Auction held on the night.
"We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who attended the ball and would like to thank them for their support, without which we would not be able to do the amazing work we do. The funds from the event will no doubt make a world of difference to each and every family that is currently staying in one of our Houses, or will in the future.” - Mr Barry Fitzgerald, RMHC Ball Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities Victoria.
APG Newcastle pay a visit to their local RMHC
Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
Our Newcastle team made a visit to the local RMHC. They were shown through the main house and then went over the hospital were they have more general family rooms and self-contained units for the families of premature babies.
The main house has 16 bedrooms and is currently looking for extra funding to expand. The staff are very passionate about the cause and just love their job.
Also meeting the educational officer we learnt more about the school programs that help keep up the education of the kids that are receiving treatment including sending robots into classes that the child operated using remote control from their hospital bed!
It was great to see firsthand were the donations go, and what donations can actually do and achieve in helping kids and families and the whole set up of the house.
The volunteers there need to be commended on the time and effort they put in as well. Was a great experience for everyone.
APG is licensed under The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017
Monday, 25th June 2018
As of 15th June 2018, all labour hire providers operating in Queensland need to be licensed under The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (the Act).
This includes labour hire providers based interstate or overseas who supply workers in Queensland.
The Act established a mandatory labour hire licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers from exploitation and promote the integrity of the labour hire industry in Queensland.
APG is proud to announce that we are now licensed under this scheme to provide labour hire services in Queensland.
If you’re a company in Queensland that is using Visa workers or local PR’s and are looking for a licensed Labour company make sure to call us today.
APG announces corporate partnership with Ronald McDonald House
Thursday, 14th June 2018
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.
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.
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.
On Monday 30th April 2018 APG Directors Glenn Redman and David Stack along with National Operations Manager, Tammy Sheather and Charity/Events Manager, Brooke Onley had the privilege to visit the RMHC in Westmead, NSW to tour the new facilities and to launch the partnership.
In launching the new partnership, APG Director Glenn Redman explained.
“Ronald McDonald House is a credible, professional and proactive organisation and one of the most respected children’s charities in Australia, that support families of children with serious illness.
“The Community Tree by APG was created to support Children's Charities in particular, who are so important in shaping the future of the world. The health and wellbeing of our children is an area close to our hearts with so many families working through APG in the office, on farms, manufacturing plants, construction sites, transport and storage sites, the list goes on.
“APG are in the people business. We understand how important meaningful careers are, but beyond that we also understand that employment is just one part of the equation of life.
It’s great to be involved with such an amazing charity that provides support for people who are often at their lowest point, providing guests with a homely place to stay, where staff and guests provide moral and emotional support to one another, to assist getting them through their child’s illness.
APG Workforce and Ronald McDonald House are like minded organisations that are committed to supporting people when they need it most.”
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.
APG is now a Local Government Procurement Approved Contractor
Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
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.
APG Workforce work with many Local Government Authorities (LGAs) across Australia to supply both skilled and unskilled workers. Our reliability of service and supply are highly valued by local government as well as our recruitment and placement processes that ensure maximum efficiency and productivity.
Being appointed to an LGP panel and having the status of approved contractor is highly sought after. The process is rigorous, and the requirements are high level.
LGP is a business arm of Local Government NSW (LGNSW), the membership association for all councils in NSW.
APG offers total employment solutions from immediate to long-term staffing needs. For more information, contact us on 1300 793 340.
Healthcare and social assistance jobs, Australia’s big employer
Tuesday, 17th April 2018
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.
Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s and is expected to remain in that role. Over the next five years, employment in the industry is projected to increase by 250,500 (or 16.1 per cent). Factors contributing to this strong projected growth include the full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (scheduled for 2019-20), Australia’s ageing population, and increasing demand for childcare and home-based care services.
Since February 2000 most job growth in Australia has occurred in healthcare and social assistance (up 730,000 jobs).
Health is Australia's big employer and is not overly affected by economic downturns, however the industry itself faces many challenges.
Australia will face a shortfall of 109,000 registered nurses by 2025, according to Health Workforce Australia. The Department of Employment reports that 273,000 registered nurses will be needed in 2020 (up by 17.9 per cent from 231,000 in 2015).
APG's specialist Nursing and Aged Care recruitment team can provide staffing solutions for short term and long-term vacancies, as well as help fill seasonal requirements for the health care sector from general nursing through to low/high aged care facilities. We are experts in hiring reliable, highly qualified aged care professionals, and our process involves checking all necessary records such as immunisation, police, and reference checks. For more information, contact us today on 1300 793 340.
APG Welcomes Review of WHS Act to ensure health and safety of all
Friday, 6th April 2018
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.
Last month, Safe Work Australia launched a review of the national Work Health and Safety laws. The review is examining how the model WHS laws are operating in practice, whether they are achieving the objectives stated in the model WHS Act or if they have resulted in unintended consequences.
Independent reviewer Marie Boland who is leading the review, highlighted the importance of WHS for all Australian workers.
“Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy workplace. The intention of the model work health and safety (WHS) laws is to support that right by providing workers in Australia with a consistent standard of health and safety protection wherever they work and whatever work they do. The model WHS laws are founded on the principle that workers and others should be given the highest level of protection through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work, so far as is reasonably practicable.”
APG place great importance on the workplace, as well as the health and safety of our employees in their workplaces. APG has a thorough system of WHS Induction and Training for staff while being able to offer WHS Support for our clients.
National WHS Systems / Software (all aligned to AS/NZS: 4801.2001)
WHS support services for clients
WHS gap analysis
Tenders / client presentations / site inspections / risk assessments
Industry specific consultancy services for mining, construction and manufacturing etc.
Crisis management / Emergency management services
APG also develop an onsite project specific safety management plan and WHS program which can be incorporated into your current safety management system. This document includes the latest information available on risk management, current legislation and WHS standards.
APG provide you with a safety and risk management solution to meet your business needs. The benefit of this WHS solution is increased productivity and efficiency, which will result in a more profitable business.
To find out more, contact us today on 1300 793 340.
Sydney’s South West uniquely positioned for Industry 4.0
Wednesday, 28th March 2018
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,
The findings of a new report by Committee for Sydney and Western Sydney University, Manufacturing 4.0 – cracking the code for Western Sydney, identify that Industry 4.0 presents a major opportunity to help Australia become one of the emerging leaders in Industry 4.0 solutions and services, which will “open countless new market opportunities thereby strengthening Australian economy.”
The report outlines that, “The region (of South West Sydney) is well-position to lead the move to Industry 4.0 because it has a concentration of small manufacturing companies that are eager to transform and whose small size confers advantages of agility, risk taking ability and the ability to quickly evolve and change their business model as they progress, according to the report.”
Manufacturing in Australia
In Australia, manufacturing contributes around $100 billion to the Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP), that’s 6.05% of total GDP, exports A$96.1 billion of goods, and employs 856,000 people, annually. Western Sydney is Australia’s third largest economy, covering 85% of Sydney’ area, producing 31% of its GRP, and containing 47% of its population. Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing economies in Australia. Having been traditionally strong in manufacturing, Western Sydney still has manufacturing as the region’s major industry sector that contributes up to 16% of GRP, maintaining its position as the biggest employer in the region.
McKinsey and Company define Industry 4.0 as the next phase in the digitisation of the manufacturing sector, driven by four disruptions: the astonishing rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity, especially new low-power wide-area networks; the emergence of analytics and business-intelligence capabilities; new forms of human-machine interaction such as touch interfaces and augmented-reality systems; and improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3-D printing.
Industry 4.0 is so named as it is this is the fourth major upheaval in modern manufacturing, following the lean revolution of the 1970s, the outsourcing phenomenon of the 1990s, and the automation that took off in the 2000s.
APG has been working closely with manufacturing businesses in Sydney’s South West for 20 years, consulting and providing experience labour for this important sector of Australia’s economy.
Manufacturing in Western Sydney is a highly diverse sector and presents a cross-section of manufacturing nationwide. At one end of the spectrum it encompasses traditional activities – low end production – and on the other it includes increasingly complex transformation processes and precision engineering. The manufacturing industries include aerospace, automotive, food and beverage, chemicals, defence, mining, pharmaceuticals, engineering, textiles and more.
Western Sydney manufacturing provides a snapshot of Australian manufacturing and largely reflects the trends that manufacturing is going through on a national scale.
Manufacturing remains a sector of significance and continues to be the largest employing industry in the GWS region, making up to 15.6% of total employment.
Enabling Technologies – Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 leverages third platform technologies to accelerate innovation in factories. According to the Boston Consulting Group there are nine digital industrial technologies at the core of Industry 4.0,
Simulation, horizontal/vertical integration
The initial offerings of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing are automation, process improvement, production optimisation – resulting in overall productivity growth. As industry 4.0 will become the core of manufacturing, new business models will evolve, additional revenue streams will be generated.
According to the Manufacturing 4.0 – cracking the code for Western Sydney, report the blueprint for adoption of Industry 4.0 across the whole of the manufacturing sector is essentially a progression from technology adoption and integration through to business and industry optimisation, with several distinct stages in between.
Industry 4.0 is an integrated vision which is a bit more than automation in factories. The vision for Industry 4.0 is business transformation, business model regeneration and optimisation.
APG is located in the heart of Sydney South West’s manufacturing hub at 14 Williamson Road, Ingleburn.
Top Five Benefits of Using Labour Hire to find Skilled Staff
Tuesday, 20th February 2018
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.
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. Temporary or contract staff are employed at various skills levels. Used effectively, labour hire can help companies to meet long and
short-term businesses goals by providing specialist labour across a range of functions.
Top Five Benefits of Labour Hire for Skilled Staff
Recruitment Time Saved
Instead of spending weeks, or months, trying to locate the right skilled worker, APG can quickly assess your needs and match you with the right skilled labour, saving time and energy so your business can focus on what’s important.
Greater Access to Skilled Workers
APG have immediate access to a database of over 100,000 candidates so we can quickly fill labour gaps.
Fully Vetted Workers
APG use strict processes to vet our workers. Background checks, full work history, and resume reviews are all part of this process.
No additional payroll paperwork
Although the staff are working for you, they are employed by APG, meaning we take care of recruitment, onboarding, insurances, administrative tasks, payroll, superannuation and associated elements.
Bums on seats when you need them most
APG can match your flexible staffing needs to meet peak workloads and seasonal variations. With a large pool of skilled candidates to choose from, we can provide short-term or long-term labour hire.
With just one phone call, you can access our database of registered recruitment candidates who are suitable for jobs of in your industry. Contact us today on 1300 793 340.
APG accredited with ISO quality management and safety certifications
Monday, 12th February 2018
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.
APG services the manufacturing industry but are in no way a manufacturer. However, we are committed to the task of continually improving the effectiveness and maintaining our quality systems.
As such, APG is pleased to announce that head office in Melbourne have recently obtained certifications in AS/NZS 4801:2001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems and all branches nationally are aligned with these practices.
According to DQS, certification in ISO 9001:2015 means “Your organisation has enjoyed sustainable success and you know what your customers need. You fulfil your customers’ expectations because you are in control of your processes and know how to ensure quality on a permanent basis.”
“With a certified management system according to ISO 9001 you avoid errors, instead of correcting them. The quality approach has been securely anchored within your organisation, which creates trust and increases your customers’ satisfaction. You are aware of risks and opportunities and clearly structured, transparent corporate processes help to minimise business risk and allow you to react faster to market changes.”
APG are committed to providing our customers and workers with best practice in the workplace, both in terms of managing their health and safety and their expectations or management and processes that govern them.
If you have any questions around our certifications, please call our head office on 1300 793 340.