Boosting manufacturing, creating highly skilled jobs and helping business grow is the new strategy announced by the Andrews Labor Government today.
Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined manufacturers in Dandenong to unveil Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future.
“Victoria is the home of manufacturing. This strategy is all about creating jobs of the future, growing businesses and taking Victorian innovation to the world,” said Mr Noonan
Backed by $12 million in new funding and initiatives, the strategy sets out four key actions including:
- creating manufacturing jobs of the future
- helping small to medium businesses grow, innovate and capture new market opportunities
- strengthening the local supply chain
- taking Victorian companies to the world and finding export opportunities
The strategy was developed by the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, led by Ross Pilling and features input from businesses, industry associations, unions and research organisations.
“Manufacturing is one of Victoria’s great strengths. We have worked closely with industry to develop this strategy and ensure the sector is primed for future growth,” said Mr Pilling.
According to the statement, the manufacturing industry employs over 283,000 Victorians. In 2016, manufacturing experienced the fastest employment growth of any industry in Victoria with around 40,000 new jobs created.