Soldier On and Foundation Partner, Boeing Australia, have teamed up to establish a national mentoring program for veterans and their family members. Veterans and their families can now access the Soldier On Boeing Mentoring Program, which launched recently on Soldier On’s website, and is now open to applications.
The Soldier On and Boeing Australia Mentoring Program covers all aspects of the veteran transitioning phase, providing structured support for members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) community. Specialised support will be provided in areas such as career change, progression and planning, skill development, and professional networking. Veterans and Family Members will be selectively matched with Soldier On Pledge Partner employees, who will mentor the participant for the duration of the program. Long-term supporters of Soldier On programs, Boeing Australia has collaborated to establish several employment and connection initiatives, and will be active participants in Soldier On’s March On campaign.
“We value the skills and contributions of former service personnel, and this program is a fantastic way to support veterans as they transition to a life out of uniform into civilian roles, where their professionalism, loyalty and experience can be meaningfully applied,” said Dr Brendan Nelson, president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. “As a large employer of veterans, many of our employees have firsthand experience of the challenges faced when re-entering the workforce and are committed to empowering others.”
Participants will look to the future develop goals and along with their mentor, strategise and work together on how to achieve these goals, be they personal or work related. This program will utilise a mentoring platform designed to create opportunities for growth and development. The program is participant centric, with the flexibility to tailor to the needs of the individual.
Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich said Soldier On is delighted to partner with Boeing Australia on the innovative new initiative. “The impact quality mentoring can have for a transitioning veteran is significant. Partnering with Boeing Australia to deliver this powerful program, expands access to the knowledge, experience and guidance of leaders in their varied fields of expertise. We expect both mentors and mentees will cement valuable relationships and both will be enriched through the experience. This will enable more veterans and their family members to thrive.”