27 September 2023

Veterans’ jobs program ahead of the battle

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A program for helping military veterans secure jobs in the NSW Public Service has exceeded its employment target and is currently running 12 months ahead of schedule.

Managed by the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Employment Program, was hailed by the Minister for Veterans, David Elliott who said over 1,200 veterans had transitioned into civilian roles since 2018 thanks to the success of the Program.

“When this terrific Program was extended in 2018, a target was set to help 1,000 veterans secure Public Sector jobs in NSW by 2023,” Mr Elliott said.

“I’m delighted that we continue to exceed the original employment target and provide job opportunities for ex-service men and women that are looking for a new career path,” he said.

“This Program is instrumental in helping our veterans enjoy a smoother transition from military service to civilian life and means we retain the skills, knowledge and experience of our outstanding former service personnel.”

Mr Elliott said the Program assisted managers and veterans to understand how Defence Force skills and experience aligned with roles within the NSW Government.

Former Captain in the Army, Angie Holst, who served from 2007 to 2016, said it could be difficult for transitioning members to articulate their Defence skills and experiences into language that the Public Sector understood.

“The Veterans Employment Program conducts workshops that provide information about applying for Government roles and advice on tailoring a resume to make it applicable to Government positions,” Ms Holst said.

“This is a valuable part of the Program that assists veterans,” she said.

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