Soldier On participant and Australian veteran, Alexander Hering, has been awarded a First Choice College Scholarship to study a fully-funded Diploma to aid in the transition to civilian employment post-service.

In partnership with Soldier On’s Pathways Program, the First Choice College Veteran Scholarship Program has been established to enable current serving personnel, contemporary veterans or Defence family members to achieve their educational goals and secure meaningful long term employment pathways.

First Choice College Business Development Manager, Sarah Bray, said the College was thrilled to award the Scholarship to Alex, who will be completing a Diploma of Business to advance his career.

“There were many wonderful entries, all with their winning attributes…reading each of the stories re-emphasised why we are a huge supporter of this program. Helping veterans transition into the next stage of their career is something we are honoured to be involved in,” Ms Bray said.

Scholarship recipient, Alexander, dedicated 35 years to the Australian Defence Force before pursuing life outside the military.

“I am very grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity. As I look to starting a business of my own, a Diploma in Business Management will help me enhance the skills I already have through my career in Defence,” Alexander said.

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said Soldier On is proud to work with education partners, such as First Choice College, to help enable veterans and their families to secure education opportunities.

“Soldier On works with a number of education providers around the country to deliver accessible learning to our Defence community. This collaboration with First Choice College is helping to enable veterans and their families to secure education opportunities that lead to new pathways into employment,” Mr Slavich said.

“We would like to thank Alexander for his service to our country and wish him all the best in his studies and future career,” Mr Slavich added.