Soldier On has expanded the delivery of its Pathways Program with employment and education support now available in Townsville.

Soldier On’s Pathways Program provides free practical employment and education support for veterans and their family members.

The Pathways Program currently supports over 3,200 participants and guides serving and ex-serving veterans and their families through the complexities and emotional challenges of transitioning to civilian careers.

From providing education support and guidance opportunities to building awareness among former service personnel of how their skills and experience can be applied in a corporate environment. The Program ensures every participant is well equipped to thrive in the civilian workforce.

Soldier On’s Pathways Program Director, John Hardgrave, said the organisation is thrilled to expand the Pathways Programs to support the veteran community of Townsville.

“In expanding the program, Townsville participants will have access to a national network of employment and transition coaches who work closely with veterans and their families to assist them in gaining meaningful employment following service or within the posting cycle,” Mr Hardgrave said.

“Together with over 170 corporate and government partners providing employment opportunities, as well as more than 40 education and training partners, participants will have access to the tools needed to identify their skills, retrain or upskill, and advance their career opportunities,” Mr Hardgrave added.

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said the move to Townsville is an essential response to the needs of Australia’s veteran community.

“At Soldier On, we continue to adapt to meet the needs of Defence personnel, contemporary veterans, and their families. This means providing accessible services where they are needed for the entire Defence family in areas that truly support all stages of service, whether participants are still serving or have separated from service,” Mr Slavich said.

“Townsville has a long and significant history as an integral part of our nation’s Defence. Home to one of our nation’s largest veteran communities, there is a strong demand for diverse support services for our veterans, as well as their family members. We are thrilled to be able to address this need for support and assist the local community throughout their service and transition,” Mr Slavich added.