Automotive employees at Toyota component suppliers will share in $3 million worth of funding the car giant is distributing nationally to help them move into new work.

Funding will be coordinated through Toyota’s state-based supplier transition support network across seven broad themes including reskilling; health and wellbeing; onsite employee transition centres; financial education; language, literacy and numeracy support; job placements/vacancy matching and resume development and interview skills.

The funding complements the State Government support already available through the Automotive Workers in Transition Program (AWITP) and provides another means of important financial assistance to help supply chain employees take the necessary steps to find new employment.

One of the companies eligible for the funding is local supplier Axiom Precision Manufacturing, a Western suburbs component company which has already been proactive in providing employment and training support for their employees.

Axiom will also receive $17,230 through the Automotive Transformation Taskforce for 21 workers to retain their jobs by undertaking training across 12 areas including various manufacturing techniques, project management, training & assessment and mechanical measurement.

At the end of the training program, the staff will have the skills required to further develop Axiom’s presence in the aerospace, defence, medical devices, electronic hardware and rail industries.

Background

Axiom has worked closely with South Australia’s Automotive Transformation Taskforce to develop a tailored State Government funded training program for 21 of their employees across 12 areas including various manufacturing techniques, project management, training and assessment and mechanical measurement.

Toyota’s Tier 1 suppliers will be eligible to receive funding, which will be allocated based on their number of Toyota-affected employees, with a minimum allocation of $5,000 per company.

Toyota will cease making cars in Australia on 3 October, while the last car will roll off the production line at GM Holden on 20 October, this year.

For more information about State Government support available for automotive supply chain companies and employees, call 1800 774 010 or visit driveyourfuture.sa.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Automotive Transformation Minister Kyam Maher

The State Government is committed to supporting automotive supply chain companies and their employees to successfully transition beyond the car manufacturing industry.

I congratulate Toyota for providing this funding to ensure its supply chain is supported while significant changes to Australia’s car manufacturing sector occur.

It’s also great to see companies like Axiom proactively supporting their current workforce and giving workers every chance to secure future employment.

Quotes attributable to Axiom General Manager Craig Maynard

Highly skilled staff are our greatest asset. This training is invaluable in helping us ensure they have the expertise needed to successfully transition from automotive manufacturing into other manufacturing areas.

We would like to thank Toyota for assisting Axiom in our efforts to train our automotive employees to diversify into other areas within our company such as aerospace, defence and medical.