Holden pro­gram puts long-term job­less into work

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AU­NIQUE skills and work pro­gram which was de­vel­oped by Holden and the State Gov­ern­ment has given 24 long-term unem­ployed north­ern sub­urbs res­i­dents jobs with the car man­u­fac­turer.

A10-week pre-em­ploy­ment pro­gram trained them in such jo­bready skills as lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety, in­ter­view tech­niques and equip­ment op­er­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

The par­tic­i­pants then took part in a two-week work place­ment at Holden Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions at El­iz­a­beth to ex­pose them to the skill level, dex­ter­ity and fit­ness re­quired to work in a man­u­fac­tur­ing work­place.

Aus­tralian Man­u­fac­tur­ers Work­ers Union state sec­re­tary John Camillo says it is of great sat­is­fac­tion to see such a large num­ber of long-term unem­ployed peo­ple be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity, skills and knowl­edge to gain em­ploy­ment in the in­dus­try.

‘‘TheAMWU­saw the pos­i­tive flowon ef­fect that could be cre­ated for other em­ploy­ers and in­dus­tries,’’ Mr Camillo said.

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