Systems Australia and technology training company WithYouWithMe (WYWM) have signed an agreement to re-train and upskill a squad of 10 veterans into Information Technology roles within the defence and security company’s national business. WithYouWithMe is veteran-owned and a leader in diverse talent accessibility for the technology sector. It has a dual platform and service model that helps upskill veterans through training, education and recruitment, supporting the transition from the military into fulfilling civilian careers.

BAE Systems was most recently recognised as winner of the Prime Minister’s Veteran Employer of the Year awards – large employer Category. About 10 percent of the company’s 5000 employees are former Australian Defence Force recruits.

As part of the WYWM partnership, veterans will register interest via a jobs accelerator and assessment event being held in early November through WithYouWithMe. Applicants will be selected by their character traits, skills and potential rather than previous work experience. The 10 successful applicants will complete a 12-week program that consists of on boarding, transition and a comprehensive re-skilling phase. Once complete, the squad will be deployed to BAE Systems for 12 months, where they will continue to learn on the job. Positions are available to applicants in South Australia and Victoria working across information technology disciplines such as Service Desk, Cyber Security, Systems Admin, Database Admin, Network Engineering and Application Specialist fields.

BAE Systems Australia Chief People Officer, Danielle Mesa, said: “There is enormous demand for skilled technology professionals and this is growing year on year in the Defence sector due to the rapid evolution of new and emerging technologies. This partnership is a win-win as it allows us to provide tailored pathways to veterans looking to work in technology focused roles and enables the company to build a sustainable future through purposeful workforce skilling initiatives.”

Rheinmetall schedules employment networking event
Rheinmetall, the largest supplier of military vehicles to the Australian Defence Force, will participate in the SoldierOn Queensland Pathways Networking Event at TAFE Queensland Southbank campus. Rheinmetall Managing Director Gary Stewart said the event was an important avenue for Rheinmetall to support their network of veterans and serving members of the defence force. The SoldierOn Pathways Program enables serving and ex-serving veterans and their families to secure their future careers, in collaboration with veteran-supportive companies and education partners.

“More than 30 percent of the Rheinmetall workforce across Australia are veterans. We also employ a number of active and inactive Reservists in full time employment,” Stewart said, adding the SoldierOn Networking event provided an opportunity to outline the 12-week Rheinmetall Veterans Engagement Program with veterans, and their families.

Rheinmetall’s Veterans Program initiative has three distinct categories:

  • Veterans Return to Work Program: Provide opportunities for Veterans undertaking rehabilitation to prove their capacity for work in the form of a work trial;
  • Veterans On-job-training: Provide training to ready Veterans to transition from Defence into commercial enterprise to work with Rheinmetall or our industry partners and suppliers; and
  • Veterans Volunteer Program: provide Veterans who are injured, ill or wounded with opportunities to share their knowledge and expertise with Rheinmetall and industry partners on a volunteer basis through a structured engagement program.

A key and unique feature of the program is the ability to engage, regardless of the Veteran’s condition. Rheinmetall recognises that individuals have value to offer if given the opportunity and support.

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