Thursday, June 23 2022

More than 1,200 veterans have found employment in the NSW public sector since 2018 through the state government’s Veterans Employment Scheme.

David Elliot

The communication and education platform has been developed by the NSW Veterans Bureau to help managers and veterans understand how Defense Force skills and experience can align with roles in the within the government.

It is designed to help veterans transition into government sector employment through workshops that provide information on applying for government positions and tips on customizing a resume to make it applicable to government positions.

It also offers tools to help veterans in their public sector job search and provides eligible veterans with financial assistance for professional studies, as well as job opportunity sharing to help hiring managers attract high quality candidates.

Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliot said the scheme had already exceeded its goal of finding 1,000 public sector jobs for veterans by 2023.

“This program is critical to helping our veterans transition more smoothly from military service to civilian life, and means we retain the skills, knowledge and experience of our exceptional military veterans,” he said in a statement.

VEP, which last year won a Prime Minister’s Award for Veterans Employment, was established in 2016, becoming the first program of its kind in Australia.

It was created with the original goal of helping 200 veterans find public sector jobs over two years, but that goal has been exceeded by four, with more than 800 people finding jobs or new roles.

The program was extended for five years that year in 2018.

Approximately 1,200 ADF personnel leave the service and move into civilian life in New South Wales each year, providing government agencies with a large and highly experienced recruitment pool.

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