October 25, 2017

Threading New Opportunities For Auto Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more former automotive workers transition into new jobs following the closure of local car manufacturing.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited Shiny Embroidery in Fairfield and met nine former Ford workers who have been employed in new roles.

Shiny Embroidery is Australia’s largest embroiderer and screen printer of garments and promotional products.

The business received a grant under the Labor Government’s flagship Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) to take on 13 extra staff, including ex-auto workers.

They have been deployed into a range of roles including machine operation, factory processing and warehouse assistance.

Minister Carroll also chaired his first meeting of the Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce which continues to oversee and guide Victoria’s response to automotive industry transition.

The taskforce includes the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney, representatives from major car manufacturing companies, unions, industry associations, and chairs of local auto transition taskforces.

LIFT is part of the Government’s $46.5 million transition plan to support businesses, workers and communities affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll

“Former automotive workers have so much to offer our local manufacturing industry, and that’s why we’re helping their transition every step of the way.”

“Thanks to our LIFT program, companies like Shiny Embroidery are recruiting former auto workers and taking advantage of their highly-transferrable skills.”