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MORE than 400 job seekers with a disability have been hired by Hunter businesses in the past 12 months, according to leading employment services provider, APM.

APM has been promoting the benefits of employment for people with illnesses, injuries or disability, and supporting employers in the region, since 2002.

Since October last year the company, which is Australia’s largest provider of Disability Employment Services (DES), achieved 426 successful job placements for throughout the Hunter.

As well as supporting job seekers through applications, interviews and training, the service works with employers to match potential employees to positions in their business.

APM’s Regional Manager for DES, Kate Falkenmire, said their teams work with job seekers from all backgrounds and with a range of disabilities to seek out the sustainable employment options across the region.

The service also helps local businesses access government wage subsidies and access funds for new equipment, workplace modifications or training required to assist a job seeker when they start work.

The Smith Family Trust owner Doug Smith recently hired job seeker Shane Riley through APM. Shane is the fifth person he has employed through the company and Doug said he regularly makes use of the support APM offers.

“They assisted with the end-to-end recruitment and have been providing regular support for over six months for my employees in the workplace,” he said.

Building on the success of their DES program, APM recently launched its first service to specifically help young job seekers across Hunter and the Central Coast.

APM YES (Youth Employment Services) looks to engage school leavers and people aged 15 to 24, and help boost their prospects of finding employment after leaving the classroom. While also helping local businesses fill their hiring gaps.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4968945/bring-down-barriers-with-apm-services/

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Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery has called for the the state’s new fleet of regional trains to be built in the Hunter.

On Monday Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced the replacement of the entire regional train fleet and the construction of a new rail maintenance facility in regional NSW.

Expression of Interest will soon be issued for the design, construction and maintenance of the trains and the new maintenance facility, with Dubbo earmarked as the preferred location.

It has prompted Ms Hornery  to call for a commitment from the government to build the trains locally.

“This government has a track record of kicking workers while they are down, after last year announcing that the $2.3 billion project to build the new fleet of intercity trains was being sent overseas,” she said.

“Now we see the government announce the replacement of the Regional Rail Fleet and there is no commitment to build these trains locally.

“We have that capability right here in the Wallsend electorate. Our local workers can build these contracts on time and on budget.

“The government should commit to build them here.”

A tender process will be conducted next year, ahead of the contract being awarded in early 2019. The announcement also mentioned the “use of private financing” for at least part of the project to replace 60 XPT passenger cars, 19 diesel locomotives, 23 XPLORER and 28 Endeavour passenger cars.

The new trains will be operated by NSW TrainLink, the NSW Government owned regional rail and coach service provider. The new trains are expected to be completed in the early 2020s.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4858593/calls-to-build-new-train-fleet-here/?cs=305

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THE new year has brought a smattering of new childcare businesses in Newcastle, with most citing demand for a growing shortage of vacancies in the region as their motivator.

Warners Bay centre Little Beginnings has opened its second, 92-place facility in Hillsborough Road and newcomer Creative Childcare has opened in Kotara with plans to open at least five centres in Newcastle and surrounds this year. In Waratah, purpose-built The Hub is run by veteran educators Raylee Davies and Nicole Denzin, who opened their first The Hub centre in Mayfield a year ago.

The pair met while teaching at Belmont Christian College and job-shared the role of director of Mayfield Community Preschool.

A restructure of government funding two years ago that potentially threatened the pre-school’s numbers led she and Mrs Denzin to start The Hub, which offers long day care hours and a focus on “holistic” quality care.

It opened on January 9 and is taking new enrolments.

“Council is saying there is demand, well we are not full and I am concerned but I feel happy because we are at 50 per cent capacity and we have only been open three days,” says Mrs Denzin.

A council spokesperson said council had received 24 development applications with a reference to child care in the past year. Of those, 15 have been approved, with one refused and nine still to be determined.

The Hub aspires for childcare that goes beyond best practice and its “heart and vision”, says Mrs Davies, is “that we become an extension of home for our families and children”.  It has seven rooms and “free flow” design, with indoor rooms all connected to the outdoors to maximise interaction between the two spaces in a natural setting.

Creative Childcare co-founder Craig Neil said the business will add as many as 400 places in planned centres in Newcastle, Warabrook and Hamilton this year.

“We want to raise the bar in the provision of childcare in the area,” he said.

The centre incorporates creative learning principles including music, art, dance and food into its curriculum.

Source: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4411301/growth-spurt-in-care/?cs=4200

In the last 12 months approximately 4.6% of people in Newcastle and the Hunter have found themselves unemployed amidst signs the local labour market is weakening.

This is pretty much on par with the rest of the nation, and the weaker labour market signals are said to be one of the key factors underlying recent interest rate cuts.

One could reasonably hazard a guess that the downturn in the mining industry may have contributed to Newcastle and Hunter unemployment but, falls in regional employment are actually more closely linked to the trade-exposed manufacturing industry and reflect the difficulties experienced in recent times within this sector.

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