HVIA encourages recruitment of retrenched auto workers

Victorian government to offer incentives to employers hiring and training automotive workers

HVIA encourages recruitment of retrenched auto workers
HVIA's Greg Forbes


Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) is urging members to consider employing automotive workers who have lost their jobs since the closure of car manufacturing units in Victoria.

HVIA says it is aware of opportunities within the heavy vehicle and freight sector, particularly for skilled workers with experience in manufacturing roles.

Victoria-based employers who hire eligible retrenched auto workers will receive up to $7,000 under the state government’s Back to Work Scheme.

An additional amount of up to $4,000 is available for providing accredited training to these workers.

HVIA national manager policy and government relations Greg Forbes says that he is aware of members who are seeking skilled people with experience in manufacturing.

"We are keen to help close this gap," Forbes says.

"Auto workers have developed a range of skills through working in the automotive supply chain, across a wide range of occupations.

"These workers are used to working in manufacturing and many have over 10 years' length of service with their previous employer."

HVIA says many skilled workers are available for immediate start including:

  • machine operators and assembly workers
  • technicians and trades workers
  • sales and administrative staff
  • professionals, including engineers, accountants and managers.

"If you have a role that would suit an ex-auto worker, we’re keen to assist find the right person for the job," Forbes says.

"If there is a formal job description available, great, but if not that is OK." 

HVIA members are invited to contact Greg Forbes on 0437 923 755 or g.forbes@hvia.asn.au with a description of any available positions and the skills required.

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