Helping Ex-Automotive Workers Find New Jobs

27 September 2017

Former automotive industry workers have found jobs working to remove dangerous level crossings after taking part in an Andrews Labor Government project to reskill and retrain them for new careers.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today visited the Rosanna Level Crossing site to meet former Ford employees who have found employment thanks to the South East Automotive Transition program.

Six apprentices and two trainees, who have successfully transitioned their careers from the automotive industry to the construction and rail industries via the transition program, are now working on the removal of the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing as part of the North East Project Alliance.

The North East Project Alliance was established to remove four levels crossings: Grange Road, Alphington; Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna; Bell Street, Preston; and High Street, Reservoir.

The $8.4 million South East Automotive Transition program is part of an overall Towards Future Industries: Automotive Industry Transition Plan worth $58.5 million announced by the Labor Government in 2015.

The plan is helping automotive businesses transition into new markets and workers to retrain and find new employment.

The Labor Government, through our Skills and Jobs Centres, is providing Victorian automotive workers with support and opportunities to get the skills and training they need to get a new job.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“Through this program, we’re helping former auto workers retrain and gain new employment.”

“We’re making sure every Victorian has access to high quality training to get the skills they need to get the jobs they want.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

“We’re not only getting on with removing a dangerous and congested level crossing, we’re also helping former automotive workers get a job and learn new skills.”

“I’m proud to be a part of a government that makes sure everyone, no matter their circumstances, has access to high quality training to get a job.”

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