jobs boost for returned aussie soldiers

Jobs boost for returned Aussie soldiers

Australia Business

Australian diggers struggling to find work after leaving the armed forces will soon be able to more easily identify job opportunities.

The federal government is launching the Veterans Employment Commitment which will clearly indicate businesses capable of hiring, training and retaining ex-service men and women.

Those signing on will be listed on an official website, have their details shared with veterans and through networking events and be able to use a government-endorsed logo to advertise their support.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the scheme is aimed at translating Australia’s respect for veterans into action.

“Employers across the country are hunting for the sorts of skills and experience our service men and women gain through their service,” he said on Friday.

“Our government has heard the calls to help our ex-service men and women when they transition from the armed forces into the private and public workforces.

“By connecting veterans to employers through this initiative we can make the transition that bit easier.”

Roughly eight per cent of ex-service men and women are still unemployed more than a year after leaving Defence, according to the department.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Darren Chester wants to slash this figure.

“Simply put, hiring a veteran is good for business,” he said.

“Our former serving men and women have skills which are readily transferable to civilian life. Their work ethic, leadership and capacity to work as part of a team are all great attributes.”

The jobs scheme comes just days after the prime minister announced the rollout of a retail discount card for returned service men and women.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will be tasked with ensuring businesses meet their obligations set out in the scheme and companies will need to recommit every two years.