Launch of the Caravan Industry Manufacturing Project

RV Daily attended two events yesterday, Wednesday 26th September 2018, which will deliver some amazing impacts to the caravan industry not just here in Melbourne but Australia wide.

A joint initiative has been worked on since 2012 with the CIA (Vic), Nova Caravans and Melbourne Polytechnic which has secured a grant of 1.3 million dollars for the Victorian State Government. Industry supporters have also added funds to the project taking the amount available to 2.2 million dollars in total.

The grant was officially handed over by Bronwyn Halfpenny State Member for Thomastown on behalf of Hon Gail Teirney, Minister for Training and Skills.


This project will develop a new innovative way of training employees in the Caravan manufacturing industry and will shape and secure the future of the Caravan and RV manufacturing sector. This training will offer formal qualifications for workers and businesses to obtain a high standard for the industry.

Driving this education and training program over the next two years will secure a bright future for the RV industry as a whole. This is an amazing opportunity for the industry workers that started with e Cert III in Recreational Vehicle Service and Repair and available soon will be a Cert III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacture which is being developed and bought to the industry.

Nova Caravan’s workforce will be the first to gain this Cert III qualification on the job and as the program rolling out this qualification will be offered across the industry. For more information contact the CIA (Vic).

Pic L: Robert Cataldo (Nova Caravans) and Robert Lucas CEO of CIA (Vic). Pic R: Bronwyn Halfpenny State Member for Thomastown

The inaugural 2018 Victorian Caravan Industry Trade Exhibition was also held at the launch at Melbourne Polytechnic. This event provided the opportunity for manufacturers, dealers, retailers, associated services, service and repair businesses to see the latest products, innovation, technologies while generating new business with multiple suppliers all in the one place, at the one time.

There were over 25 businesses on display showcasing their products and services, which provided the opportunity to attendees to speak with multiple suppliers all at once and help businesses with products and features for the 2019 products. The CIA (Vic) is hoping to make this event bigger and better every year.




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