A group of 25 employers from across Australia is visiting the Solomon Islands this week as part of Exercise Boss Lift, a Defence program designed to give employers an insight into military life.
The contingent includes representatives from Minter Ellison Lawyers, Local Government Managers Association, Northern Territory Police and the Australian Building & Construction Commission. They are visiting Reservists on Operation ANODE in Honiara and surrounds.
Many of the employers have the opportunity to see their employees who are currently on deployment with Queensland’s 11th Brigade.
The visit gives employers an insight into the life of a Reservist on an operation and the opportunity to see the contribution their employees make to the peace and stability of the Solomon Islands. The employers are spending three days with the Reserves; including briefings on the operations, demonstrations of the soldiers’ work, as well as trying out some the more routine aspects of military life, such as eating ration packs and visiting the firing range.
“Exercise Boss Lift to the Solomon Islands shows employers, first-hand, the remarkable job our Reservists do in our nation’s interests,” Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney said
“Employers have the chance to see how the work Reservists do on operations builds leadership and teamwork and to see how these skills can be of use in their civilian employment.
“My experience has been that Employers’ opinions can change swiftly after being involved in Boss Lift. Employers quickly realise how Reservists add to the capability of the Australian Defence Force, and importantly, how their military skills can be transferred to the civilian workplace.” Senator Feeney said.
For more information about the ADF Reserves and the support services available to Reservists and their employers visit: www.defence.gov.au/reserves
Images of Exercise Boss Lift are available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/fotoweb/Grid.fwx?archiveId=5003=&search=11122230
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