The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian automotive businesses, workers and communities transition to capitalise on opportunities in high-value industries and secure jobs.
Premier Daniel Andrews was joined by Minister for Industry Lily D’Ambrosio to launch the Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan at the Bosch manufacturing factory in Clayton today.
The Labor Government’s plan delivers $46.5 million worth of programs to help: automotive businesses transition to new markets; workers to retrain and find sustainable jobs; and, attract investment into communities impacted by the closure of car manufacturing.
Features of the plan include:
- a $5 million Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to help businesses identify and capture new opportunities in other markets
- a $33 million Local Industry Fund for Transition to support communities hit hard by the departure of Ford, Holden and Toyota
- $8.4 million to strengthen skills, training and job search support in Melbourne’s South-East
- up to $7,000 incentive payments for businesses employing retrenched automotive workers, with up to an additional $4000 for employees who provide workers hired under the scheme with accredited training
In addition, new Skills and Jobs Centres are being established across the TAFE network.
These will provide one-stop-shops to assist workers including those in the automotive industry to access a range of services like training and careers advice, referral to other job support services and skills assessments.
The Plan was developed in close consultation with Victorian industry groups, unions, automotive businesses and the community. To view the Plan visit http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/about-us/strategies-and-initiatives/victorias-automotive-transition-plan
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“We are supporting Victorian auto workers, businesses and affected communities by creating jobs and building skills.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry Lily D’Ambrosio
“This plan will support jobs and communities in Melbourne’s North, West, South-East and Geelong by making the most of our significant industry knowledge and expertise.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“With the decline in automotive manufacturing in the South-East it is crucial we support TAFEs and other training organisations to retain workers so they don’t become a statistic.”