Toyota Australia has announced details of a new support program designed to help employees transition into new work when the carmaker’s local manufacturing ends in 2017.
Known as ‘DRIVE’ - Dedicated, Ready, Individual, Vocational and Energised - the scheme will run over the next four years, with special centres to be established at Toyota’s Altona plant and Port Melbourne office.
The first phase of the program will invite workers to learn about other industries and employment opportunities, with career days and referrals for financial services and other assistance programs to be made available.
"We are committed to doing everything that we can to support our employees as we transition to a national sales and distribution company," Toyota Australia President Dave Buttner said.
"We understand that the next few years may be difficult for many of our people as they consider their options beyond 2017.
"The DRIVE program will act as a one-stop shop for employees to be in the best possible position of finding a new job in the future."
Mr Buttner said that while the plant will remain open until 2017, employees are encouraged to begin exploring and planning for their futures.
"We don't want our employees to feel rushed into making such big decisions, which is why we are waiting until next year to launch the next phase of the program."
Around 2500 jobs will be directly affected when Toyota’s Australian manufacturing ends.
Mr Buttner said that the majority of employees are likely to see new employment opportunities, while some have expressed interest in self employment and others intend to retire.
Employees that end up out of work before the 2017 closure will still have access to the DRIVE program until they find new work.