Defence contractor Serco Australia today became the first company to re-sign the 2020 Soldier On Pledge – a program that aims to connect job-seeking veterans with companies who have strong and established veteran-friendly employment, training and support programs.
CAPTION: Soldier On CEO Ivan Slavich, Serco Defence Managing Director Clint Thomas and Soldier On Pathways Program Director Prue Slaughter at the Pledge signing ceremony today.
Serco Defence Managing Director Clint Thomas – a veteran himself – said it was a privilege to be invited to sign the Pledge this year as a Platinum Partner.
“The work that Soldier On does is extremely important in that it provides support to our veterans who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe,” Mr Thomas said.
“Serco proudly employs more than 545 veterans and 148 reservists across Australia, which is around six per cent of our work force.
“Supporting our current and former service men and women and thanking them for their incredibly valuable contribution to our country is something that we feel is extremely important.”
Soldier On CEO Ivan Slavich said the charity valued the partnership with Serco, which would help build pathways to veteran and family employment.
“We look forward to our partnership going from strength to strength, enabling more veterans and their families to secure future careers,” Mr Slavich said.
Soldier On’s Pledge provides organisations with an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment in three core areas – recruitment, retention (including training and development), and workplace culture and communication – and publicly celebrate companies that go above and beyond to provide long-term, tangible support for veterans and their families.
Mr Thomas said he was very proud of the partnership Serco had built with Soldier On.
“We recognise the important skills veterans and reservists have acquired through their service and we are committed to supporting them with greater engagement and employment opportunities.”
Serco has been committed to supporting Soldier On’s vision since 2018.