Bootcamp gives Scott the edge

After leaving Holden when the Elizabeth factory closed in October, Scott made the most of the support available through the Holden Transition Centre and the council, to shape his future.

“I worked for Holden for nearly 15 years,” Scott said.

“It was tough when I heard they would close. They announced the closure on my birthday – the 11th of December 2013. I was hoping to work there until I retired, so it wasn’t a great birthday.

“After Holden closed I thought there probably wouldn’t be a lot of jobs advertised from October to December, so I took a break and started fresh in the new year.”

Scott enrolled in the free Microsoft Office Bootcamp digital literacy course run through the Len Beadell library at Salisbury.

“At Holden I never used Microsoft Office or a computer, so I figured the course would help me get an office job as I still had no idea what I wanted to do,” Scott said.

“They put me in the specialist Microsoft PowerPoint course to begin with.

“It was a simple process – I had to do two face-to-face sessions at the library and then I did the rest at home online, before sitting an exam.

“I wasn’t successful at first with my exam, but they let you re-sit as many times as you need, so I went home and did the practice tests and then passed.

“I got a Microsoft qualification to add to my resume and a beautiful certificate, which is impressive.

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Scott completed a Microsoft qualification

I would definitely recommend others do the course – it doesn’t cost anything apart from your time and it only took me around four weeks from enrolling to getting my first qualification.


“If you haven’t studied in a while, don’t let that deter you. It’s all at your own pace and you can ask the library staff for help.

“If you don’t have a computer you can use the computers in the library.

“It was also good to do the course as it shows on my resume that I’ve been busy and not just sitting around doing nothing.”

Scott said along with the Microsoft course, he completed a hospitality course, and used the services at the transition centre to update his resume and undertake interview skills workshops.

“I just had my basic resume from 15 years ago, so Mark at the transition centre helped me update it and create a fantastic resume by expanding on all the transferrable skills I gained in auto,” Scott said.

“The day after it was updated, I got a phone call about an interview for a government job in a call centre, which I ended up getting.

“I think the workshop skills and group interview activities I did through the transition centre also helped me get the job, as I knew what to expect and what they were looking for.

“My advice to others who have recently left the auto industry would be to use the support available through the government and use the transition centres.

“Just try things, do some courses and find out what you like.

“Use the support on offer, before it’s too late.”