Forty former Mitsubishi employees are undertaking training to help address skilled labour shortages in South Australia’s transport and distribution industry.
During a visit to the Transport Training Centre in Regency Park, Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, said the training would see the former Mitsubishi employees become heavy combination truck drivers.
The Australian and South Australian governments jointly provided funding to Transport and Distribution Training (TDT) SA Inc. which is the Industry Skills Council for the sector. TDT contracted the Transport Training Centre to deliver the training.
"This initiative will help address a shortage of skilled labour that is affecting both South Australia’s and the nation’s transport and distribution industry," Mr O’Connor said.
"The training should also lead to ongoing employment for workers that were affected by the closure of Mitsubishi plant earlier this year."
A recent report in the road freight transport industry found recruitment difficulties were being compounded by an aging workforce with 48 per cent of truck drivers aged over 45.
The TDT has also been approved to deliver Certificate II and Certificate III training courses in road transport and warehousing under Stage 2 of the Government’sProductivity Places Program(PPP).
Mr O’Connor said the Government had allocated 630,000 training places nationally under the Productivity Places Program to ensure Australians develop the skills needed by industry over the next five years.
"These places will be delivered in an industry-focused training environment to respond to the needs of employers and individuals."
The Productivity Places program forms part of the Government’sSkilling Australia for the Futureinitiative.