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The new 2018 design of the Toyota Camery has been revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. CREDIT: Toyota USA

Toyota Camry models rolling off the factory floor in Altona before the shut down. Picture: Supplied

VICTORIAN manufacturers have been handed millions of dollars to help find automotive workers new jobs after the closure of Ford and Toyota’s plants.

Employment Minister Wade Noonan announced $2.7 million in grants to create 130 new jobs under the State Government’s Local Industry Fund for Transition program.

Camrys made in Altona being exported from Melbourne to the Middle East in 2015. Picture: Supplied

Camrys made in Altona being exported from Melbourne to the Middle East in 2015. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Toyotas Altona plant in full flight last year. Picture: Supplied

Toyota’s Altona plant in full flight last year. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The last Ford ever produced at the Broadmeadows plant. Picture: Supplied

The last Ford ever produced at the Broadmeadows plant. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia

The final day of production at the Ford factory, Broadmeadows. Picture: Supplied

The final day of production at the Ford factory, Broadmeadows. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

These included Carrum Downs shower door retailer A Touch of Glass, which received a grant of more than $1 million to create 58 new jobs and a establish a purpose-built manufacturing plant.

The $33 million LIFT program has generated 600 new jobs including hundreds for former automotive workers, according to government figures.

Toyotas Altona plant. Picture: Mark Stewart

Toyota’s Altona plant. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia

Visiting the Carrum Downs facility, Mr Noonan said the program was helping businesses expand their operations and create new jobs in communities hardest hit by the closure of automotive manufacturing.

“This is about creating new employment opportunities for workers affected by the end of auto manufacturing in Victoria,” Mr Noonan said.

“It’s great to see so many businesses taking advantage of these grants to expand their operations and put more Victorians into a job.”

The program is part of the government’s $46.5 million automotive transition plan.

Carrum Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny said: “We know that Melbourne’s southeast has been hit hard by the closure of car manufacturing, and this funding is going a long way to grow local businesses and boost jobs.”

anthony.galloway@news.com.au

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