Holden workers offered tree change

Article image - Holden workers offered tree change Holden employees Paul Smedley (left), Ronnie Arboit and Franco Cecere with City of Mount Gambier Tourism and Economic Development Manager Donna Foster.

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) and the City of Mount Gambier have encouraged more than 100 Holden employees to consider a tree change to the region.

As the October closure of the Elizabeth car manufacturing plant nears, Holden held a job fair in Elizabeth on 18 August, which was attended by RDALC and the City of Mount Gambier.

“This is the second time we’ve been involved in an event of this type, which provided us with an opportunity to promote the region to skilled workers looking for a tree change,” RDALC Manager Business and Workforce Development David Furniss said.

He said the RDALC believes the highly skilled Holden employees would be an asset to the Limestone Coast region.

“We spoke to more than 100 Holden employees on the day and expect some to follow up with employers.

“Across the Limestone Coast there are employers struggling to fill vacancies in a range of skilled jobs from diesel mechanics to truck drivers, roles which the Holden employees will be well suited to.”

The joint partnership between the RDALC and the City of Mount Gambier presented a positive regional approach to highlight Limestone Coast employment prospects and the overall lifestyle to Holden employees.

“We were able to talk about our welcoming community and the diversity of jobs on offer in our region and working together we were able to really engage with the employees,” said City of Mount Gambier Tourism and Economic Development Manager Donna Foster.

“There will be follow up with those who were interested in a visit to get a better understanding of the Limestone Coast region.

“The Holden employees now know that we are a friendly bunch down in Mount Gambier and we would certainly welcome them as visitors if they decide not to become residents,” Ms Foster said.