Programmed Signs Virtual Pledge with Soldier On

MEDIA RELEASE – Soldier on welcomes Programmed’s commitment to supporting veteran employment

National veteran support organisation Soldier On, has formally welcomed Programmed as the newest Soldier On Pledge partner, during a virtual Pledge signing ceremony. Representatives from Soldier On in Canberra along with ex-ADF member Jaimie Loffley from Programmed Skilled Workforce in Melbourne, took part in the video-linked signing of the Soldier On Pledge.

The new partnership will enable more veterans and their family members to secure their future careers. The Pledge signing can be viewed on YouTube.

Soldier On Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Slavich said; “Soldier On is delighted to welcome Programmed as a Gold Pledge partner. By signing the Soldier On Pledge, Programmed has made a tangible commitment to supporting Veterans and their families and to provide veteran-friendly recruitment, retention and workplace culture.

We are proud to be working together to help enable more Veterans and their families to thrive and believe that our partnership will enable more Veterans and their family members to secure long-term meaningful employment.”

The Soldier On Pledge is part of the Pathways Program, which provides veterans and their families with free employment and education support to enable them to secure their future career. The Soldier On Pathways Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government and Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans” Program.

The Soldier On Pledge encourages companies to learn more about the veteran community, recognise the skills acquired in the Australian Defence Force, and make a tangible commitment to providing ongoing veteran employment opportunities and veteran-supportive initiatives including workplace wellness programs. Organisations who sign the new Soldier On Pledge, publicly commit to providing veteran-friendly recruitment, retention, training and workplace culture.

Since the launch of the new Soldier On Pledge in September 2020, more than 65 companies have signed the Soldier On Pledge, committing to providing veteran-supportive employment opportunities. With representatives from a variety of organisations signing the Soldier On Pledge across Australia.

Programmed Staffing CEO Nic Fairbank said;

“We are pleased to have pledged our support to Soldier On – creating career pathways and employment for veterans and their families. As one of Australia’s leading staffing, operations and maintenance businesses, we are committed to helping Australia’s find employment and develop careers, as well as supporting businesses to thrive.  We currently employ over 60 ex-defence personnel and many more partners and families of Veterans, and highly value their contribution to Programmed.

We have been supporting Veterans and their families for a long time and look forward to continuing and extending this commitment with Soldier On.”

Soldier On Wins Veteran Support Program of the Year

MEDIA RELEASE – Soldier On announced as Veteran Support Program of the Year at Defence Industry Awards

National not-for-profit organisation Soldier On has been recognised for the support it provides to the Veteran community, winning the highly acclaimed Veteran Support Program of the Year Award at the Australian Defence Industry Awards 2020.

Soldier On’s holistic support services include a range of mental health and wellbeing programs, employment and education support, as well as participation and social connection activities centred around the needs of the Australian Veteran community and their families.

Soldier On’s Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Slavich said; “We are honoured to receive the Veteran Support Program of the Year Award for the 2nd year running. This is a proud moment for our organisation. I’m so proud of our team of staff and volunteers. This is well deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication to supporting the Veteran community.”

“Soldier On has been working hard to adapt and grow our support services to meet the expanding need for mental health support, social connection, as well as employment and education support during this challenging COVID-19 climate. Supporting Veterans and their families remains at the heart of everything we do and we hope receiving this Award can help shine a spotlight on our support programs and the help that is available to Veterans and their families from Soldier On.”

Veteran Support Program of the Year Badge

Soldier On enables Veterans and their families to thrive via a holistic support model, with support programs available to the whole Defence community. This year the organisation’s Pathways Program has grown to provide local support from staff located in every state in Australia and is now providing employment and education support to more than 3,200 Veterans and their families.

Prudence Slaughter, Pathways Program Director, receiving the Award, said; “It’s humbling to receive the Veteran Support Program of the Year Award on behalf of Soldier On, especially this year, which has been challenging for so many and a year that Veterans and their families have needed our support more than ever. It is an honour to be recognised here, alongside such incredible Veteran Support organisations and Defence Industry leaders. This Award is a symbol of our Soldier On team’s dedication and commitment to supporting Veterans and their families. I would like to say a big thank you to our team, and to all of our supporters and our Pledge and Education partners – with their support, we have been able to enable more Veterans and their families to get help and secure their future careers.”