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Hire a vet and offer skilled ex-military people a new career

L-R: Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, Ben Roberts-Smith VC and Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP at the Launch of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program at Kirribilli House, Sydney on 17 November, 2016.

Minister for Veteran’s Affairs Dan Tehan has highlighted the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program aimed at encouraging business to consider employing veterans when they transition to civilian life.

About 5,500 skilled sailors, soldiers and airmen/airwomen leave the military each year and about 70 per cent do so to pursue an alternative career. These veterans are of mostly young age, are healthy and physically fit, and have gained worldly experience in their service to Australia.

Equally, veterans possess accredited industry skills and competencies that meet Australian trade and industry standards. Aside from their respective service knowledge and military abilities, these veterans are qualified mechanics, tradesmen, technicians and professionals.

But there’s more. Inherent to military service is discipline, leadership and teamwork. These members are role models and have been inculcated with the work ethic and ideals employers will value.

Few in ‘civilian street’ know that the services recruit mostly unskilled trainees and, in addition to military skills, provide trade and professional training from the bottom up. Supervisory and management training is also provided as personnel work up through the ranks. It is not unusual for many personnel to have graduate and post graduate qualifications.

Any business interested in learning about the benefits of employing veterans should email: veteransemployment@dva.gov.au

by Christine M Knight

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