Serco Defence Managing Director Clint Thomas, AM, CSC said the partnership allowed Serco to connect with the dynamic and diverse talent pool that is the Australian veteran community, and to ensuring veterans and their families have opportunities to thrive in line with Soldier On’s vision. “Currently, Serco proudly employs 551 veterans and 183 reservists across Australia. Supporting our current and former service men and women and providing them with employment opportunities is extremely important to us,” Thomas said. “We value the unique skills and experience that our veteran community possess and strive to ensure Serco remains ready to attract, engage and retain that top talent. We were proud to be recognised for this as a finalist in the 2021 Prime Ministers Veteran Employment Awards. We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country, and we’re proud to work with Soldier On to help them continue their incredibly important work,” Thomas said.“Serco is a veteran inclusive organisation and as a veteran of the Royal Australian Navy myself, I am incredibly proud of the partnership we have built with Soldier On.”
Since 2018, Serco has supported Soldier On as a platinum partner, with the support set to continue for another year. The continuation of this partnership with Soldier On enhances Serco’s veteran support initiatives. ”We are a leading member of the Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) on Veterans’ Employment and actively contributing to formulation of Ministerial advice and collaborate on policy development; supporting ADF Transition Seminars to provide career advice and mentorship for service members preparing to transition to civilian life as well as the Soldier-On Pathways Program,” Thomas said. “Above all, we are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment that ensures that any veteran joining our team is set up for success. This includes the commitment to reserve service with 10 days paid leave to enable our veterans to continue service.”
Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich said the organisation was delighted to have the ongoing support of Serco. “Soldier On is thrilled to have Serco recommitting to the Soldier On Pledge. As an active supporter of the veteran community, Serco understands the needs of the veteran community and recognises the impact that service has on the whole defence family. In partnership with Soldier On, Serco has further built on this support, providing a supportive and encouraging environment for veterans. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Serco to provide greater opportunities to our serving and ex-serving veterans and their families,” Slavich said. “For every organisation that signs the Pledge, we are one step closer to enabling more veterans and their families to secure their future,” Slavich added.