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Publication date: Tuesday, 13 November 2018
The Veterans Employment Program (VEP) has been extended for an additional four year period, providing a continuing legacy from the Centenary of Anzac period. Since launching, 824 veterans have already found work in the public service or have been offered a new role – far exceeding the Government's expectations.
Originally established to support veterans find meaningful and sustainable employment within the NSW Government during the Centenary of Anzac, the VEP assists veterans to understand how their rank matches to public service grades, and also educates managers on skills veterans offer in the workplace. The VEP will now work towards a new target of supporting 1,000 veterans to find work by June 2023.
The VEP will also extend its assistance to veterans who require further qualifications, working closely with TAFE NSW to offer free education courses to support veterans' transition to civilian life. As part of the new education component, ex-servicemen and servicewomen can access more than 1,400 TAFE NSW Smart and Skilled List courses and boost their skills through Certificate I courses through to Advanced Diplomas in various fields. The courses will be available at no cost to eligible veterans who have completed up to eight years of service and discharged within the last five years. Around 1,200 personnel leave the Defence Force within NSW each year.
The extension of the program was announced by the Premier jointly with the Minister for Veterans Affairs. At the event, two veterans recently employed at the Anzac Memorial, Dean Farrajota and James Grey, spoke of their experience and the support they received from VEP. James discussed how he found the way the VEP ensured that the hiring manager understood his military experience, and how this experience could transfer to a civilian role, as particularly beneficial through the application process.
The Department of Justice will work with all NSW Government clusters to enable the VEP to continue as a leading veteran employment initiative for the benefit of veterans and the public sector.
For more information about the VEP, and to learn more about the VEP for veterans and employers, visit the VEP website.
Above: Dean Farrajota spoke about his experience at the recent announcement about extension of the Veterans Employment Program.
Above: Veteran James Grey talked about the benefits of the Veterans Employment Program through the application process.