A new blueprint will help more Victorians pursue a career in the thriving caravan manufacturing industry.
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today launched the Victorian Caravan Industry Jobs, Careers and Training Strategy at Avan Super Centre in Campbellfield.
Developed by the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria, the strategy aims to improve career pathways and training for those wishing to enter the industry, and boost training opportunities for people currently in it.
The strategy aligns with the Andrews Labor Government’s Advancing Manufacturing Statement, which includes a focus on supporting industry to prepare for the manufacturing jobs of the future.
Victoria is the country’s home of caravan manufacturing with 90 per cent of all Australian made recreational vehicle products manufactured locally.
The industry contributed more than $2 billion to Victoria’s economy in 2017 and employed 6,600 Victorians in caravan manufacturing, retail, repair and servicing.
Victorian manufacturing contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy and is home to over 13,000 businesses employing more than 283,000 people.
The Labor Government has provided over $120 million in manufacturing support, creating over 6,000 jobs and driving more than $1.6 billion in private investment.
It has also supported the establishment of the National Caravan Industry Training College, a partnership between the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria and Melbourne Polytechnic.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment, Ben Carroll
“We’re the home of caravan manufacturing in Australia – the industry is worth more than $2 billion and employs more than 6,000 Victorians.”
“This strategy will support the continued growth of the industry, helping us to create jobs and boost our economy.”
Quote attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire
“Melbourne’s north is the hub of caravan manufacturing and this growing sector will provide much needed jobs in a community that has been affected by the closure of car manufacturing.”