The NSW government has announced an extension of the Veterans Employment Program to support service personnel leaving the ADF.
Under the TAFE announcement, ex-service men and women will be able to access 1,400 TAFE NSW Smart and Skilled List courses. The courses will be available at no cost to eligible veterans who have completed up to eight years of service and discharged within the last five years.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, "As the Centenary of Anzac draws to a close, it is fitting for us to leave a lasting legacy that empowers our contemporary veterans as they move into civilian employment."
The NSW government’s successful Veterans Employment Program is being extended for another four years, with a new target of helping an additional 1,000 veterans to find work by 2023.
Since launching, 824 veterans have either found work or been offered a new role in the public service – far exceeding the government’s target.
The Veterans Employment Program enables veterans to identify public service positions that may be suitable via a rank-grade matching tool, and helps to educate workplace managers on the skills veterans can offer.
NSW Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott said, "Our servicemen and servicewomen put up their hand to protect us, so it is important that we continue to support them when they discharge."
More information about the NSW Veterans Employment Program is available here.