Former automotive industry workers have found jobs working to remove dangerous level crossings after taking part in an Victorian Government project to reskill and retrain them for new careers.
Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney visited the Rosanna Level Crossing site to meet former Ford employees who have found employment thanks to the South East Automotive Transition program.
Six apprentices and two trainees, who have successfully transitioned their careers from the automotive industry to the construction and rail industries via the transition program, are now working on the removal of the Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna level crossing as part of the North East Project Alliance.
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 Victorian Government in 2015.
The plan is helping automotive businesses transition into new markets and workers to retrain and find new employment.
The Victorian Government, through our Skills and Jobs Centres, is providing Victorian automotive workers with support and opportunities to get the skills and training they need to get a new job.
Source: Vic Government