In response to the closure of automotive manufacturing by the end of 2017, the Australian Government established the Growth Fund. Holden is contributing $15 million to the Growth Fund and has also established Holden Transition Centres across four sites; three in Victoria and one in South Australia available to all Holden employees.
What's available under the Holden Transition Centres:
Access to support and information
Holden Transition Centres provide induction into the use of the Centres, written information, informal discussions with Centre staff, web links and access to seminars, access to Career Expos and workshops. Information available includes:
- Dealing with change, including health and wellbeing support
- General financial information including access to financial education where eligible
- Community support services
- Superannuation and taxation advice
- Labour market information
- Job posting and alert services
- Job readiness guidance
- Information on how the Holden Growth Fund process works to support eligible employees with funding towards relevant further training.
Careers and training advice
One on one meetings with a qualified Careers Coach through the Holden Transition Centres to analyse workers’ skills, experience and future career/job intentions. Where training is assessed as being required, the individual is provided with course suggestions;
- The employee can use a training provider of their choice or as suggested by the Careers Coach
- University qualifications or specific subjects are also options for support
- Training decisions need to align to future career/job aspirations and be relevant for future employability.
Skills Recognition and Training
Training is organised by the employee once they have completed the Growth Fund application process and have been approved by the Holden Transition team.
Funding will be provided towards training that includes:
- full qualifications
- skill sets - accredited and non-accredited
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
- university subjects.
Once the training is approved by the Careers Coach and Holden Transition Team, Holden will pay the training provider directly upon receipt of a valid tax invoice.
Help to find a new job
Outplacement providers, supervised by the Holden Transition team, deliver services to ensure employees have appropriate résumés, interview skills and awareness of where to find employment opportunities. Employment placement providers (for eligible employees) are appointed and will directly match exiting employees with employers.
If you are a Holden employee in Victoria please contact Holden VIC Transition Team for more information.
If you are a Holden employee in Elizabeth, South Australia please contact Holden SA Transition Team for more information.
If you have been retrenched from the automotive industry (including component suppliers) you are likely to be eligible for immediate access to Stream B assistance in jobactive, the Government’s employment service. A factsheet is available on the Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Programme.