The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, announced today that 21 employers will visit soldiers from the Perth based 13 Brigade who are currently on a four month deployment to the Solomon Islands.
Reservist employers are travelling as part of Exercise Boss Lift, a Defence program which provides employers with an insight into the work performed by Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists.
While in Honiara and surrounds, the employers will have the opportunity to see their Reservists on Operation Anode, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.
“Exercise Boss Lift will give these employers an opportunity to see how Reservists’ training builds confidence, problem-solving skills and leadership ability which are highly valuable in the workplace,” Senator Feeney said.
Senator Feeney said the employers will gain a valuable insight into the benefits their employees can bring back to the civilian workplace.
Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division (CRESD), which is responsible for employer support for ADF Reservists, has designed the four-day Boss Lift program to highlight the important role the Reserves play in the ADF.
The program will allow employers to experience first hand the essential roles played by their employees.
For more information about the support offered to Reservists and their employers visit www.defence.gov.au/reserves or call 1800 803 485.
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