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.  

Programmed Signs Virtual Pledge with Soldier On

MEDIA RELEASE – Soldier on welcomes Programmed’s commitment to supporting veteran employment

National veteran support organisation Soldier On, has formally welcomed Programmed as the newest Soldier On Pledge partner, during a virtual Pledge signing ceremony. Representatives from Soldier On in Canberra along with ex-ADF member Jaimie Loffley from Programmed Skilled Workforce in Melbourne, took part in the video-linked signing of the Soldier On Pledge.

The new partnership will enable more veterans and their family members to secure their future careers. The Pledge signing can be viewed on YouTube.

Soldier On Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Slavich said; “Soldier On is delighted to welcome Programmed as a Gold Pledge partner. By signing the Soldier On Pledge, Programmed has made a tangible commitment to supporting Veterans and their families and to provide veteran-friendly recruitment, retention and workplace culture.

We are proud to be working together to help enable more Veterans and their families to thrive and believe that our partnership will enable more Veterans and their family members to secure long-term meaningful employment.”

The Soldier On Pledge is part of the Pathways Program, which provides veterans and their families with free employment and education support to enable them to secure their future career. The Soldier On Pathways Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government and Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans” Program.

The Soldier On Pledge encourages companies to learn more about the veteran community, recognise the skills acquired in the Australian Defence Force, and make a tangible commitment to providing ongoing veteran employment opportunities and veteran-supportive initiatives including workplace wellness programs. Organisations who sign the new Soldier On Pledge, publicly commit to providing veteran-friendly recruitment, retention, training and workplace culture.

Since the launch of the new Soldier On Pledge in September 2020, more than 65 companies have signed the Soldier On Pledge, committing to providing veteran-supportive employment opportunities. With representatives from a variety of organisations signing the Soldier On Pledge across Australia.

Programmed Staffing CEO Nic Fairbank said;

“We are pleased to have pledged our support to Soldier On – creating career pathways and employment for veterans and their families. As one of Australia’s leading staffing, operations and maintenance businesses, we are committed to helping Australia’s find employment and develop careers, as well as supporting businesses to thrive.  We currently employ over 60 ex-defence personnel and many more partners and families of Veterans, and highly value their contribution to Programmed.

We have been supporting Veterans and their families for a long time and look forward to continuing and extending this commitment with Soldier On.”