In early 2014 Toyota Australia established its DRIVE program (Dedicated, Ready, Individual, Vocation, Energised) to support its employees impacted by the closure of automotive manufacturing to obtain the appropriate skills and training while they are still employed to best position themselves for future employment opportunities.
Toyota is working collaboratively with the Australian Government and has made a $15 million contribution towards the Growth Fund - the Australian Government's response to the closure of automotive manufacturing by 2017. This support will be directed towards:
- the DRIVE program and delivered through the three DRIVE centres; and
- Toyota’s tier 1 OE supplier employees.
What's available under the DRIVE Program:
- financial education, small business and retirement planning services
- information on job opportunities
Career and training advice
- individualised careers advice against jobs in demand and to support individual career goals
- a review of impacted employees’ strengths, skills and experience
- an outline of training and skilling required for job opportunities
- an individual career plan for impacted employees
Skilling and training
- skills recognition
- assistance with VET, tertiary and general training
- contracting or identifying entities to provide skilling and training, where relevant
- assistance to gain tickets and licences
- help with résumé and job application writing
- interview and job search skills
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.