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Holden Jobs Centre clocks off

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information have revealed that the Weatherill Labor Government’s Automotive Workers in Transition Program is failing.

The Weatherill Labor Government heavily promoted its $7.3 million Workers in Transition Program when it was announced back in September 2014, and opened The Career and Workforce Development Centre at Warradale in March 2015.

However, since it opened, the Centre has only received an average of 1.01 visitors each day, and in October 2015, the Centre became open by appointment only.

Furthermore, the FOI documents reveal that the Weatherill Labor Government continues to pay:

- Over $125,000 per year on rent at the Centre;

- Anywhere from $783.66 to $3472.25 on cleaning services each month;

- Over $1200 on electricity;

- Over $15,300 a year on building management fees; and,

- Even $880 for the Emergency Services Levy!

“This Centre is proof that the Weatherill Labor Government has no idea how to create jobs for South Australians,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“The money that the Government is spending on this Centre could be better spent on a genuine employment program.

“This is depressing news for Holden workers, given that South Australia already has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and also the highest youth unemployment rate on the mainland.

“We are stuck in an economic rut and the Weatherill Labor Government is clueless as to how to lead us out of it.