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.