BALLARAT MP Catherine King has called on the federal government to stop bickering over car industry subsidies.
Ms King said yesterday uncertainty in the automotive industry was having a particularly negative effect on Ballarat’s manufacturing sector.
“There are a large amount of manufacturing jobs tied up with the car industry in Ballarat,” Ms King said.
“The federal government is creating uncertainty by fighting internally over whether or not to subsidise the car industry.
“I would make an urgent call to the federal government to stop bickering.
“There are 50,000 jobs nationally tied up in the car industry, so my absolute plea to the Liberal government is to stop mucking around.”
Meanwhile, a Ballarat Jobs and Skills Drive is to be held at an opportune time.
With more than 5000 manufacturing jobs lost in the region in the past two years, the drive has a range of practical seminars aimed at helping people of all ages and skills find work.
It is a joint initiative of Highlands LLEN, Ballarat City Council, Disability Employment Services, Job Services Australia, Regional Development Australia and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Presentations include practical advice such as dressing for interviews, writing job applications and resumes, interview skills and mock interviews.
There are also tours of health services industries, manufacturing industry visits and even an op shop trawl to dress smarter for less.
As well, there are sessions on understanding government data, reaching your peak performance, knowing what employers want and volunteering as work experience.
Ballarat MP Sharon Knight said it was fantastic to see local community organisations recognise the need for jobs initiatives.
“I’ve been very public about the state government not recognising that the government needs to be involved in maintaining jobs,” Ms Knight said.
“This is a local initiative and it’s local community people who are recognising the need to have these initiatives. I think it’s fantastic.”
The Jobs and Skills drive will be held at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute between November 15 and 26.
For information, contact 0400 831 605, email email@example.com or go to Ballarat Jobs & Skills Drive on Facebook.