Sacked Mitsubishi workers moving into new jobs

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Sacked Mitsubishi workers moving into new jobs

Many of the 670 workers facing retrenchment from the Mitsubishi plant in Adelaide have already found jobs, and others are receiving retraining for future employment.

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Many of the 670 workers facing retrenchment from the Mitsubishi plant in Adelaide have already found jobs, and others are receiving retraining for future employment.

CavPower, a major enterprise providing services to the mining industry, will formally offer 70 employment positions to workers by the end of August.

Accelerated apprenticeships

These jobs will be accelerated apprenticeships in trade occupations, particularly in the areas of diesel mechanics.

The State Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, Paul Caica, said Major Skills In Demand training and employment programs are underway in defence, minerals and resources, engineering/manufacturing, transport, building and construction, community services, and sales and retail. These programs will provide up to 300 workers with training and employment outcomes.

Exit survey

An exit survey conducted on 28 March showed 30 workers had already secured new full-time employment.

An additional 64 workers have been referred to employment through the Australian Government’s Job Network structure. A further 22 workers have received funding support to obtain licences in forklift, heavy vehicle and civil construction plant operations.

Interviews

Workers are also following up and attending interviews for the 300 jobs offered in South Australia through the Job Network.

More than 400 workers will receive Recognition of Prior Learning certification.

Caica said Government project advisers last week completed one-on-one interviews and planning sessions with all 670 workers who registered with the Transition Advisory Service, including those workers who will progressively exit the company over the next 12 months.

The service will continue for those workers who wish to have follow-up or additional advice.

Options

‘All affected workers who have registered with the service have been given the opportunity to discuss their individual options on a one-on-one basis and are been given tangible support,’ Caica said.

The former senior shop steward at Mitsubishi, Ray Sara, has been appointed a project officer with the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union to provide ongoing monitoring and support to workers for the next two years.


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