Over 50 companies have now committed to providing employment support opportunities to veterans after signing Soldier On’s 2020 Pledge.
Since launching the 2020 Soldier On Pledge in September, the veterans group has received commitments from over 50 companies across Australia, with Elysium EPL, Northrop Grumman, SAAB Australia, and Babcock Australasia, the latest to join the initiative.
The Pledge, which forms part of Soldier On’s Pathways Program, encourages partner companies to learn more about the veteran community, recognise the skills acquired in the Australian Defence Force, and make a tangible commitment to providing ongoing veteran employment opportunities.
In signing the new Soldier On Pledge, companies have committed to providing veteran-friendly recruitment, retention, training and workplace culture.
“The Soldier On Pledge is first and foremost about enabling our veterans and their family members to secure their future career,” Soldier On CEO Ivan Slavich said.
“The 2020 Soldier On Pledge is gaining momentum and the more companies that come on board, sign the Soldier On Pledge and work in partnership with Soldier On, the more veterans will go on to secure long-term meaningful employment.
“This will ultimately enable more veterans and their families to thrive.”
Slavich said the support was particularly pertinent in light of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Forming strong partnerships with Pledge organisations is another way for us to support the veteran community as it forges new pathways into employment for veterans and their families,” he added.
Soldier On has also revealed that Canberra-based consulting firm AeroPM, which was the first company to sign the 2020 Pledge, has been recognised as a ‘Platinum Pledge’ partner, signifying its long-term commitment to veteran employment.
“We are delighted to be working alongside AeroPM, who was the very first Platinum Pledge Partner under the new 2020 Pledge Program,” Slavich said,
“AeroPM was recently recognised at the Prime Minister's Veteran Employment Awards for 2020, and is a prime example of how the Soldier On Pledge supports veterans with meaningful employment opportunities.
“They are exactly the kind of veteran-supportive organisation that we would like all our Pledge Partners to strive to be.”
AeroPM general manager Adam Frizell added, “We are extremely proud to partner with Soldier On through this amazing initiative. AeroPM maintains a Veteran employment rate of over 90 per cent and our point of difference is truly our people.
“We aim to provide opportunity to veteran workers, enabling a highly skilled workforce to enhance Australia’s sovereign capability.”
AeroPM chief executive Emily Frizell said Soldier On’s mission “aligns perfectly” with the consulting firm’s own values.
“Being veterans ourselves we understand the importance of retaining the valuable skills and acumen of our fellow ex-service men and women,” she said.
“AeroPM will continue to generate veteran employment opportunities for decades to come.”
[Related: Babcock joins Soldier On Pledge program]