We know that the impact of the end of local manufacturing on our people and their families, and throughout the industry, will be significant. For many years we have been working hard to support our people by opening up new job opportunities and helping them with their transition to alternate employment.
Every Holden worker leaving the business has access to a range of transition services and up to $3,000 in approved training. The Transition Centre and recent Jobs Fair are just two of these initiatives.
Holden has invested $15 million for specific support of our manufacturing and engineering employees. The Centre is open to employees, contractors and supplier employees and will stay open for at least 12 months.
About 85 per cent of people who have left the business have successfully transitioned. Those seeking re-employment have gone into a variety of industries including manufacturing, transport, public administration, health care and social services, construction and the food sector.
Yes, Holden will retain more than 300 designers and engineers beyond 2017, in addition to around 700 corporate staff in Victoria and 10,000 people employed across the Holden dealer network.
60 South Australian employers from a range of sectors, keen to hire new staff from the automotive sector, held stands at the Holden Jobs Fair in August this year. Holden employees are highly skilled and are recognised and sought-after for their global manufacturing experience.