PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Cat sets tough target

Cat sets tough target

CATERPILLAR has committed to a plan to reduce its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20% by 2010. The equipment manufacturer said the aggressive target was set under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders GHG program, which it joined in 2003.

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Union action hurting BlueScope

Union action hurting BlueScope

BLUESCOPE Steel is currently digesting the damaging impacts of ongoing industrial action at its Western Port plant in Victoria in what it claims is costing more than $3 million a day in lost revenues.

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Building brands a key, says consultant

Building brands a key, says consultant

THE construction industry needed to develop and effectively market a strong “brand” to attract and retain skilled workers, according to an employment consultant.

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Safety specialist builds training centre

BRITISH safety products supplier Hawke International has opened a new demonstration and training centre at its Ashton headquarters in England.

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Govt directs skills plan

Govt directs skills plan

THE Western Australian Government says its fresh round of funding pledges will relieve some of the labour pressures currently facing most Western Australian industries.

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Fatality invokes record fine

A WESTERN Australian contractor has been fined a record $150,000 for failing to ensure adequate safety protocols, after a sub-contractor was electrocuted at one of its construction sites.

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Science draws students

A PROPOSED new training body in Queensland is to focus on encouraging high school and tertiary-level students to take up science and maths subjects in a bid to address the long-term staffing needs of the minerals and energy sectors.

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Govt announces $13M training centre

WESTERN Australia’s $9.2 billion oil and gas industry will be the beneficiary of a new training facility, aimed at alleviating some of the pressures of a national skilled labour shortage.

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Positions open for apprentices

QUEENSLAND Rail is hoping to capture some of the growing numbers of young people showing a greater interest in taking up trades and related occupations.

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Apprentices needed now

RECENT data showing an increased uptake of traditional apprenticeships was “some of the best news heard in this area for some time”, according to Australian Industry Group chief executive, Heather Ridout.

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