Workers in Maryborough and Woodend will be able to learn new job skills to develop their careers at Barker Trailers, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today announced $234,700 for the Barker Trailers Regional Workforce Development project through the Labor Government’s Regional Skills Fund.

The project will enable Barker Trailers to train and upskill 180 employees across the company’s manufacturing facilities at Woodend and create six new full-time jobs.

Barker Trailers will work with TAFEs and training providers to deliver leadership training to 25 employees and upskill all employees.

The project will include training across safety and compliance, leadership and manufacturing operations, which will deliver the workforce Barker Trailers needs to build on their existing operation and diversify.

Earlier this year the Premier joined Ms Thomas and Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll to mark the 10,000 trailer to roll off the Barker Trailers production line – a major milestone in the company’s 44-year history.

The Regional Skills Fund is a targeted grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity and resilience, and create jobs.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Barker Trailers is investing in their workforce and local community – this project will help develop new skills in our region and boost the local economy.”

“Delivering this funding means 180 people across Maryborough and Woodend will get the new and improved skills they need to advance their careers.”

“We’re ensuring more Victorians get the training they need to get a job, and that regional businesses develop the workforce they need to thrive.”

Quotes attributable to Barker Trailers Chief Executive, Simon Meadows

“Barker Trailers are passionate about people and are committed to employment, training and development.”

“The planned activity will greatly support jobs, skill depth, leadership development, safety and culture, and support a skills hub that is market leading.”

“Barker are heavily committed to our investment in people and this fantastic Government support significantly enhances jobs and skills in regional manufacturing.”