Toyota Finance Australia Commits to Support Australian Veterans

Soldier On welcomes Toyota Finance Australia (TFA) as its newest Gold Pledge partner for 2021.

The Soldier On Pledge partnership provides employment pathways for veterans and their families transitioning from the Australian Defence Force into civilian life.

The Pledge allows organisations to thank Australian Defence Force Personnel for their service and recognise the exemplary skills, leadership and training of those who have served Australia. Organisations that sign the Pledge commit to learning more about the skills and attributes that Defence personnel, veterans, and family members can bring to their organisation.

As the latest company to sign the Soldier On Gold Pledge, TFA joins more than 100 veteran-supportive companies working in partnership with Soldier On to enable veterans and their families to thrive.

TFA Vice President of Sales Daniel Chessari said, “becoming a Soldier On Pledge Partnerallows TFA to further support communities within Australia by providing employment opportunities to people with diverse skills & backgrounds.”

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich said Soldier On is honoured to welcome TFA as its newest Gold Pledge partner in 2021.  

“Soldier On is thrilled to have Toyota Finance join the Pledge. In signing the Pledge, Toyota Finance commits to understanding the needs of the veteran community, recognizing the impact that service has on the whole defence family, and doing what they can to support them in securing their futures. We look forward to working with Toyota Finance to provide greater opportunities to our serving and ex-serving veterans and their families,” Mr Slavich said.

Varley Group Joins Soldier On to Pledge Support of Australian Veterans

National not-for-profit, Soldier On, has welcomed Varley Group as a Gold Pledge partner at a ceremony held at Varley Group Headquarters in Tomago, NSW.

The Soldier On Pledge partnership provides employment pathways for veterans and their families transitioning from the Australian Defence Force into civilian life.

The Pledge allows organisations to thank Australian Defence Force Personnel for their service and recognise the exemplary skills, leadership and training of those who have served Australia. Organisations that sign the Pledge commit to learning more about the skills and attributes that Defence personnel, veterans, and family members can bring to their organisation.

As the latest company to sign the Soldier On Gold Pledge, Varley Group joins more than 100 veteran-supportive companies working in partnership with Soldier On to enable current and ex-serving veterans and their families to thrive.

Established in 1886, Varley Group now comprises of engineering facilities at Tomago, Carrington, Sydney in NSW, Narangba in Qld and its entities: Norship in Cairns & Darwin, SEM Fire & Rescue in Ballarat, and IDES in Melbourne.

Varley Group Managing Director, Jeff Phillips said signing the Soldier On Pledge allows Varley Group further opportunities to give back to those who have served our Nation and formalise Varley Group’s commitment to the support of the defence community.

“With defence bases located in close proximity to all Varley Group sites, utilising the high value skill sets of our veterans is not only a benefit to busines, it helps eliminate the under employment of those who have given so much” Jeff Phillips said.

“The Varley Group and Norship are also committed pledge partners to the Prime Ministers Veterans Employment Commitment, and we view this opportunity to join with Soldier On as a further enhancement to attract veterans to our family company for employment opportunities.” Jan Dobbie, Varley Group HR Manager added.

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich said Varley Group is a welcomed addition to the Soldier On Pledge partnership.  “Soldier On is thrilled to have Varley Group join the Pledge. In signing the Pledge, Varley Group commits to understanding the needs of the veteran community, recognising the impact that service has on the whole defence family, and doing what they can to support them in securing their futures. We look forward to working with Varley Group to provide greater opportunities to our serving and ex-serving veterans and their families,” Mr Slavich said.

“For every organisation that signs the Pledge, we are one step closer to enabling more veterans and their families to secure their future,” Mr Slavich added.

Soldier On Acknowledges Advanced Veteran Support Practices by World Fuel Services Australia

National not-for-profit, Soldier On, has recognised World Fuel Services Australia as a Platinum Pledge partner today at a ceremony held in Canberra.

World Fuel Services Australia has been working with Solider On’s Pathways Program team over the past year to further develop their veteran supportive practices to enable veterans and their families to secure their future careers.

The Pathways Program provides free employment and education support to serving and ex-serving veterans and their families. As part of the program, the Soldier On Pledge supports organisations in improving their veteran-supportive mechanisms, while connecting jobseekers with veteran-supportive employers and enabling new pathways for veterans and their families transitioning from the Australian Defence Force into civilian life.

Originally signing the Solider On Pledge as a Bronze Pledge Partner in 2020, World Fuel Services Australia has worked with the Soldier On team to advance their status to Platinum in 2021. 

The partnership has recently seen success with two veterans gaining meaningful long-term employment with World Fuel Services Australia.

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich said it has been an honour to work with World Fuel Services Australia to improve their practices and continue their support of our veteran community.

“It is wonderful to see an active supporter of the veteran community stepping up and further enhancing the support they provide. With the award of Platinum Pledge status, Soldier On recognises World Fuel Service Australia’s dedication and commitment to supporting veteran employment and its drive to always strive for more – instilling veteran and family-supportive processes and workplace culture across their organisation,” Mr Slavich said.   

“We hope that more organisations like World Fuel Service Australia will come on board. For every company that signs the Soldier On Pledge, we are one step closer to enabling more veterans and their families to secure their future,” Mr. Slavich added.

The Soldier On Pledge gives organisations a chance to publicly thank Australian Defence Force Personnel for their service and recognise the exemplary skills, leadership and training of those who have served Australia. Organisations that sign the Pledge commit to learning more about the skills and attributes that Defence personnel, veterans, and family members can bring to their organisation.

World Fuel Service Australia Senior Director and former Australian Regular Army Brigadier, David Wainwright, said the company is committed to supporting veterans and fostering an inclusive environment that ensures that any veteran joining the team is set up for success.

“We know and value the unique skills sets that any veteran brings to the team, and understand their needs, first-hand.  As a company, we pride ourselves as an inclusive team, that both empowers, and invests in our people who have served,” Mr Wainwright said.

Mathew Brummell, a former Australian Regular Army Warrant Officer and latest member of the WFS Australia team, said he was delighted to have been a participant in the Pathways Program and was fortunate to be able to draw upon the tailored support available which enabled his smooth transition to a new career.   

“I personally appreciated the advice and guidance that I was provided. It enabled me to join the World Fuel Services team and work in an environment that genuinely values the skills sets and principles that are important to any veteran,” Mr Brummell.  

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