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Veterans venture into tech careers

Dozens of veterans are set to transition into the technology industry as part of a new program. 

Dozens of veterans are set to transition into the technology industry as part of a new program. 

Defence services provider Accenture has partnered with veterans support group WithYouWithMe to establish a career pathway in the technology industry for former ADF personnel. 

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The program offers ‘Tech Traineeships’, fully funded by WithYouWithMe, which enable veterans to attain tech skills before deploying into new roles support by WithYouWithMe's work with Accenture.

The traineeships are designed to cover a range of different disciplines, including Pega systems architects, Salesforce developers and administrators, AWS Cloud practitioners and Mulesoft developers.

Candidates do not require previous experience to be eligible for the program. WithYouWithMe is expected to leverage its proprietary career matching assessments to identify suitable trainees.

There are currently 75 open Traineeship roles available across Australia, with more than 50 in Adelaide alone.  

The new program follows research conducted using WithYouWithMe's career assessment data, which found that while more than 67 per cent of veterans have the desire to transition to a career in software development, career pathways are often unavailable.

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WithYouWithMe chief customer success officer Tom Larter observed, “This program is going to provide an avenue for Aussie veterans to start a whole new career journey. Veterans have great skills from their time in the military, and one which is often overlooked is their ability to learn new skills quickly.

“The Tech Traineeship program will help address the national skills shortage in some of these in-demand roles

“I want to thank Accenture for their support of the program and backing veterans without experience, but with potential." 

Matt Gollings, lead for Accenture’s global defence practice, added, “Australian industry needs to continue to ‘lean in’ to support veteran employment – for Accenture, hiring veterans in a variety of roles makes great business sense.

Our partnership with WithYouWithMe provides an innovative and practical way to re-skill and place veterans into high-demand roles – we are confident that the veterans we bring on through WithYouWithMe will add to the diversity and capabilities of our workforce. We look forward to continuing this, and other programs, in support of Australian veterans.”

Among the first veterans to complete the program was Pablo Quintana, who noted the benefits of the program. 

“Since leaving the Royal Australian Navy, I found it difficult to adapt as none of my skills felt transferable. I went from being a cook in a café, to a janitor and was even considering working in fast-food service,” he said. 

“That changed though when I found WithYouWithMe and heard about their Tech Traineeships. I’m now working as a Pega low-code developer and loving it.

[Related:Veteran walks 1,005km for Soldier On suicide prevention program]

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