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.”