National not-for-profit Soldier On has recognised World Fuel Services Australia as a Platinum Pledge Partner at a ceremony held in Canberra.
World Fuel Services Australia has been working with Solider On’s Pathways Program team over the past year to further develop their veteran supportive practices to enable veterans and their families to secure their future careers.
The Pathways Program provides free employment and education support to serving and ex-serving veterans and their families.
As part of the program, the Soldier On Pledge supports organisations in improving their veteran-supportive mechanisms, while connecting jobseekers with veteran-supportive employers and enabling new pathways for veterans and their families transitioning from the Australian Defence Force into civilian life.
Working with World Fuel Services Australia to continue supporting the veteran community by improving their practices has been an honour for SoldierOn, according to SoldierOn CEO Ivan Slavich.
“It is wonderful to see an active supporter of the veteran community stepping up and further enhancing the support they provide,” Slavich said.
"With the award of Platinum Pledge status, Soldier On recognises World Fuel Service Australia’s dedication and commitment to supporting veteran employment and its drive to always strive for more – instilling veteran and family-supportive processes and workplace culture across their organisation.”
Originally signing the Solider On Pledge as a Bronze Pledge Partner in 2020, World Fuel Services Australia has worked with the Soldier On team to advance their status to Platinum in 2021.
“We hope that more organisations like World Fuel Service Australia will come on board. For every company that signs the Soldier On Pledge, we are one step closer to enabling more veterans and their families to secure their future,” Slavich added.
The partnership has recently seen success with two veterans gaining meaningful long-term employment with World Fuel Services Australia.
David Wainwright, World Fuel Service Australia senior director and former Australian regular Army brigadier, said the company is committed to supporting veterans and fostering an inclusive environment that ensures that any veteran joining the team is set up for success.
“We know and value the unique skills sets that any veteran brings to the team, and understand their needs, first-hand. As a company, we pride ourselves as an inclusive team, that both empowers, and invests in our people who have served,” Wainwright said.
The Soldier On Pledge gives organisations a chance to publicly thank Australian Defence Force personnel for their service and recognise the exemplary skills, leadership and training of those who have served Australia.
Organisations that sign the Pledge commit to learning more about the skills and attributes that Defence personnel, veterans, and family members can bring to their organisation.