Thankfully, not all Holden employees will be out of employment when the automaker shuts down its manufacturing operations in 2017. According to Australia’s Drive, some of the company’s more talented engineers have already found positions with parent company General Motors in the United States and General Motors Europe.
About 50 engineers and other tradespeople who will lose their jobs once production of the Cruze and Commodore ends in 2017 have been offered jobs with GM internationally. Over 200 engineers have already been dismissed, with another 600 being cut by the end of next year.
“We’ve got 31 people that are already there or have signed agreements to go there in a couple of months (Europe or the US), plus another handful that are still thinking about it,” said Holden executive director of engineering Brett Vivian. “If they want to do it, they’ll be offered the opportunity.”
The current VF Commodore was introduced in 2013, and will be updated for the last time in October 2015, keeping about 300 engineers on board for the time being. This will also keep some equipment operators and other tradespeople on board for a while longer, Vivian said. Holden will also continue to have an engineering presence in Australia, as it will tune imported models for Australian roads. The company’s HSV arm is also expected to stay operational.