SUPPORTING LOCAL AUTOMOTIVE WORKERS

The Andrews Labor Government has today launched the Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan to help automotive businesses and workers in the South East.

 The plan delivers $46.5 million of programs to assist local businesses transition into new
markets, retrain workers and assist them in finding sustainable jobs as well as attracting investment into the local community.

Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan includes:

  • $5 million Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to help businesses identify and capture new opportunities in other markets
  • $10 million Local Industry Fund for Transition to support business investment in Melbourne’s South-East to create sustainable jobs and boost economic activity
  • $8.4 million to strengthen skills, training and job search support
  • 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 in Dandenong and Moorabbin 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.

For more information about the plan visit http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/about-us/strategies-and-initiatives/victorias-automotive-transition-plan.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“This much needed plan will ensure that local automotive workers have access to the training, support and job opportunities they need to get ahead in the workforce,”

“Too many are struggling to find work or access the training they need and this plan will provide them with the opportunity to do just that.”