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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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17 October 2016

Minister launches veterans’ training program

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, has called on the private sector to explore new pathways to provide veterans with employment opportunities.

Mr Tehan today launched a pilot training program for veterans in Canberra run by technology company ServiceNow and ex-service organisation Soldier On.

Mr Tehan said the collaboration between ServiceNow and Soldier On was an example of how the private sector could utilise the skills of former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

“The men and women who serve in Australia’s defence force are regarded as the best in the world and when they transition out of the ADF they have skills that are incredibly valuable to any business,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Government is committed to finding new ways for those skills to be recognised and the talents of our former ADF personnel to be used to their potential.

“Next month, Malcolm Turnbull will host the first Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative in Sydney which will bring together leaders from the private and public sector to identify new ways to recognise the talents of our ADF personnel.

“I encourage all innovative businesspeople to think about the needs of their organisation and how they could be met by a veteran then I say, ‘go out and make it happen’ like the training program I launch today.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.