Website launched to assist transitioning veterans to find employment

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

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29 March 2019

A new website is making it easier for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to transition to civilian work.
Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP said the Australian Defence Force Transition and Civil Recognition website had been designed to assist ADF members seeking recognition of prior learning during service, and inform civilian employers of the professional skills, training and accreditation Defence veterans bring to the workplace.

“Employing a veteran is good for business,” Mr Chester said. 

“The ADF provides highly skilled and professional personnel who have a lot to offer a potential employer. 

“Giving our personnel an avenue to easily access their records and understand how their training and skills translate to civilian jobs will assist veterans to be re-employed sooner.” 
Chief Executive Officer of Ironside Recruitment and former Army mechanic, Glen Ferrarotto, has worked hard to develop awareness of and confidence in veterans’ transferable skills within the mining sector and heavy vehicle mechanical trades. 

“In early 2018, Ironside Recruitment embarked on what has now become the most successful intake of veterans into Australia's mining industry in modern history,” Mr Ferrarotto said.

“The success of this program is due to a number of collaborative initiatives led by Fortescue Metals, with support from the Australian Defence College.

“The introduction of the Australian Defence Force Transition and Civil Recognition Project website is another way to support current and former service personnel in understanding how their skills and experience are transferrable in the civilian workplace.”

Major General Mick Ryan, AM, Commander of the Australian Defence College and CEO of the Defence Registered Training Organisation (RTO), said the achievements of the Australian Defence Force Transition and Civil Recognition Project to date were outstanding.

“We’ve already seen the Australian Defence College’s ability as a RTO to retrieve documented civil accreditation for relevant trades substantially assist Ironside Recruitment in developing and delivering a veteran employment program with Fortescue Group,” Major General Ryan said.

“And now, with the introduction of this website, veterans will be able to contact the Australian Defence Force Transition and Civil Recognition Project team within the ADC to request individual Vocational Education Training advice and services, including recognition of prior learning for transferable skills acquired during service.”

Resources such as the Australian Defence Force Transition Training and Skills Guides and the Australian Defence Force Guides for Employers are now available to download from the website.

For more information about the Australian Defence Force Transition and Civil Recognition Project and to download the resources, visit:

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