Asian Press Group banner 728x90A new government program to help employers attract and retain veterans and their partners has been launched, bringing together a dedicated group of South Australian businesses to support the veteran community. The South Australian Veteran Employer Network comprises local employers across the private and public sectors that recognise the value veterans bring to workplaces – and want to help them achieve career success after their service.

The network – part of a $2.1 million state budget commitment to improve outcomes for veterans and their families – includes consulting and service businesses, banking, defence industry, emergency services and local government. Fifteen organisations are currently signed up, with Veterans SA looking to expand membership and encourage other businesses to join the network and recognise veterans’ unique skills and experiences.

The network connects like-minded employers while educating them on the benefits of veteran/partner employment, with details of candidates shared amongst members – enabling more veterans and their partners to secure meaningful employment. Mentoring and guidance is also provided for employers seeking to hire and retain veterans, covering recruitment, workplace support and cultural awareness. Regular bi-monthly networking events are planned for 2024 to further build engagement and opportunities across the network.

Veterans SA Director Chantelle Bohan said: “It has been exciting to work with employers from different sectors to establish the South Australian Veteran Employer Network. The network is a unique connector, facilitating collaboration between employers, where there is no competition between members and the group’s sole focus is meaningful outcomes for the veteran community. We look forward to working with the network to shape positive employment outcomes and invite other organisations with a genuine interest to reach out to us if this initiative is something they can contribute to or benefit from.


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