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Footy Legend Helps Workers Find New Roads After Holden

Kicking On After Carmaking

Footy Legend Helps Workers Find New Roads After Holden

He was one of the most successful players to ever play AFL.

It was a career that spanned multiple Premierships and even a Brownlow Medal.

He then became a Senior Coach at the club he played for, only to be sacked.

It's a tale familiar to footy fans, and all too true for Michael Voss who spoke to Holden workers dealing with the looming closure of the company's factory in Adelaide.

Having moved interstate to take up a new job as an Assistant Coach with Port Adelaide, Brisbane Lions legend Voss shared his not-too-dissimilar journey with workers - many of whom are preparing for the unknown.

Holden's HR Director Jamie Getgood helps run the transition centre at the factory, which will remain open for at least 12 months after production lines grind to a halt.

Getgood says Voss' appearance was about opening some eyes to the possibilities of life after carmaking.

"For a lot of our people, this is family," he said.

"While it's challenging... it's given everyone a chance to reinvent themselves and do something unique and something that they've dreamt of doing."

While a number of workers have found jobs elsewhere and others can retire, Getgood acknowledges the road for others won't be as smooth.

"There is challenges, I mean the average length of service here is 20 years so for a lot of our people this is family."

"It is an adjustment for us... I think the benefit of this is we've given them four years notice."

"We all love this place, Holden is in our blood."

Michael Voss isn't the only famous face to have bobbed up at the factory in recent months.

Finance guru Paul Clitheroe's delivered a session on money management, urging workers not to splurge their redundancy cash in one go.

With 945 workers remaining until the very end when the factory closes on October 20, Getgood has faith those Holden workers can make an impact elsewhere.

He points to a whiteboard displaying dozens, if not hundreds of names of workers and their new roles after leaving.

"We have a high school teacher, a handful of people have gone into aged or health care... a couple of our electricians our now mortgage brokers."

The centre, which will remain open until at least late 2018 hosts Centrelink facilities on site.

But it's a hub for workers needing help to scrub up on things like IT computer skills and resume making to get them "job ready."

Numerous information boards also display current job vacancies and training opportunities.

Getgood is optimistic that his workers, like Vossy did, can bounce back and make a difference elsewhere, like the football legend is doing at Port Adelaide.

"I actually think they're going to take those skillsets into other companies and make them flourish, and grow and become more efficient."

"They can take the skills they've got and make those companies good."

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