The end of car manufacturing in Australia: what is the role of training?

By John Stanwick, Michelle Circelli, Tham Lu Research summary 18 November 2015 ISBN 978 1 925173 33 8


The impending car plant closures in Australia and the general decline of the manufacturing industry has led to a structural adjustment of the labour market. This in turn has implications for the skill needs of the labour market. This paper examines the education and training needs of workers affected by the impending car plant closures. In doing so, it examines two cases of car closures for lessons learnt - Mitsubishi Motors Australia and MG Rover in England. While there are many lessons learnt from these cases and several elements of good practice, considerations for training include skills transferability, the training needs of older workers and training to meet the needs of the local community.


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