Holden program puts long-term jobless into work
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.