Vic government program helps former automotive workers transition to new roles

Former automotive industry workers have found jobs working to remove dangerous level crossings after taking part in an Victorian Government’s South East Automotive Transition program to reskill and retrain them for new careers.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the Rosanna Level Crossing site to meet six former apprentices and two former trainees from Ford who have found employment. These workers have successfully transitioned their careers from the automotive industry to the construction and rail industries via the transition program and are now working on the removal of the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing as part of the North East Project Alliance.

“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,” Tierney said.

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