South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has officially launched the Defence Industry Employment Program for Ex-Service Personnel.
The Defence Teaming Centre and Defence SA have agreed to partner up for the initiative, which aims to provide employment to South Australia's ex-service personnel.
“We’re excited to see this program come to fruition, with the agreement signing between the Defence Teaming Centre and Defence SA representing an important first step in helping South Australian veterans make a smooth transition into their next career,” Premier Marshall said.
The arrangement is the deliverance of the state government's election commitment to create more jobs for South Australian veterans.
“Around 5,200 direct jobs will be created through naval shipbuilding activities in South Australia, plus many more supply chain opportunities. This presents a significant opportunity for our veterans to take advantage of the jobs that will flow through the defence sector in South Australia for decades to come," Premier Marshall said.
Stage one of the program has begun and research is currently being conducted into existing employment opportunities for veterans in SA, and the requirements and potential employers of ex-service personnel.
Defence Teaming Centre chief executive Margot Forster said the research will help the initiative evolve into an incredible tool for veterans.
“The Defence Teaming Centre is pleased to help deliver this important program to support our ex-service personnel return to civilian employment and enrich our workforce with experienced workers,” said Ms Forster.
“By leveraging our existing relationships with defence industry, we will help maximise the job outcomes for ex-service personnel.”