Geelong Alcoa workers may find work in prisons

The Victorian Department of Justice is targeting retrenched Geelong Alcoa workers for possible jobs in the Victorian prison system.

The ABC reports that the department needs to recruit 1,400 prison officers for the state’s expanding prison system by 2015 and that 180 of those jobs are situated at Marngoneet and Barwon prisons, near Geelong.

Alcoa's Geelong smelter will shut in August and 500 workers will be made redundant. In addition, the company’s rolling mills will also shut by the end of the year and a further 500 will lose their jobs.

As such, the Department of Justice has been holding recruitment sessions for these workers at Alcoa's aluminium operations in Geelong.

Meanwhile, as the ABC reports, Consumer Affairs Victoria has warned retrenched Alcoa Geelong to be on the lookout for fake investment schemes.

Some Alcoa workers have been already been approached to invest their redundancy packages in such schemes.

Apart from the Alcoa Job losses, Geelong also needs to deal with the coming closure of Ford’s manufacturing operations in 2016. One area of possible growth is in carbon fibre and composites manufacturing.

The Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Deakin University have been collaborating in recent years on a carbon fibre project, with an Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre at the university’s Geelong Waurn Ponds campus recently opened.