More than 20 veterans and defence family members have secured job interviews following Soldier On’s first Pathways Networking Event in Adelaide since COVID-19 restricted prevented the regular gathering.
Hosted by Soldier On Pledge Partner, SACARE, at their Broadview Head Office, the event welcomed 60 Soldier On participants and 10 partner organisations.
Soldier On’s Pathways Networking Event works to connect current and ex-serving Defence personnel and their family members with veteran-supportive employers and advance their careers.
The Adelaide event allowed attendees to not only connect and network with prospective employers, but also find out more about the support services available to them.
Event hosts, SACARE, said the event provided an opportunity for organisations to connect and support the Defence community while growing their team.
“You never know who is out there – particularly the Defence partners. There is such a wealth of opportunity and knowing that employing a Defence partner supports a Defence family means a great deal to us,” SACARE said.
Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said the organisation is thrilled to see the continued success of the Pathways Networking Events across the Country. “Through the Pathways Program, Soldier On not only prepares individuals for their next career steps, but also works closely with veteran-supportive organsiations to assist in understanding the needs of the veteran community, recognising the impact that service has on the whole defence family. Pathways Networking Events allows us to bring these groups together to form meaningful connections and positive outcomes for all,” Mr Slavich added.
“With 20 participants securing interviews from the evening, the Adelaide event clearly demonstrated just how much talent there is within the defence community and cemented the role of Soldier On Pledge Partners as pro-active supporters of current and ex-serving ADF members, as well as their families,” Mr Slavich added.
The event saw attendance from Soldier On Pledge Partners including BAE Systems Australia, SAAB Australia, AMW Professional Services, Northrup Grumman Australia, Agile Mining, Australian Ocean Logistics, AeroPM and 4th Harmonic. Soldier On Education Partner Hessel group and representatives from the wider ex-service organisation community were also in attendance including Defence Health, Kookaburra kids and Open Arms.