PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

ATLAS Copco has officially opened its first dedicated development centre for rock reinforcement technology.

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Toolkits refund gets thumbs down

THE Coalition Government has announced a $91.2 million three-year program to fund toolkits for apprentices in areas with skills shortage to relieve the financial burden on low-paid trainees.

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Worker shortages feed concerns

AUSTRALIAN builders are confident of at least a further six months of robust construction activity despite latest data showing work levels dropping in the September 2004 quarter.

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Calling all loud mouths

WESTERN Australia's Building and Construction Industry Training Fund has put out a call for big mouths in the construction industry.

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Workers underestimate injury costs

AUSTRALIAN workers are more inclined to insure their cars than themselves, a recent survey has revealed. Less than 33% of Australian workers had personal injury insurance, in contrast to nearly 70% of respondents having home contents insurance and 83% with motor vehicle insurance, Combined Insurance’s survey of more than 1000 small businesses showed.

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LEADING conveyor maintenance specialist ESS Engineering Services and Supplies has achieved accreditation to safety standard ANZ4801/2001.

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THE Western Australian Government is trying to attract South Australians across the border to meet a severe shortfall in the state’s skilled workforce, with WA premier Geoff Gallop saying an answer is needed urgently to address national trade skills shortages.

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THE Western Australian Government will fund a $2.2 million training and education facility in Karratha to head off a potentially crippling labour shortage in the Pilbara’s burgeoning resources industry.

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Huski a trainer’s best friend

THE superior operational and mechanical features of Toyota’s Huski skidsteer has won over a Brisbane-based training school, which plans to purchase its second unit within two months.

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Industry opens to apprentices

SCHOOL students Australia-wide will now be able to take up an apprenticeship in the building industry, bringing the rest of the country into line with existing programs in Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

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