Monday, May 20, 2024

300 public sector roles to be offered to veterans

Premier Jacinta Allan and Minister for Veterans, Natalie Suleyman, have announced the Victorian Government will offer 300 additional public sector roles to veterans transitioning to civilian life.

“Victorian veterans are some of the most qualified, skilled and talented people in our state, and that’s why we want more of them working in the public sector,” said Premier Allan.

“We are proud to honour the contribution of the ex-service community, and support veterans and their families.”

The Government’s expanded target will now support 1,800 veterans to secure a role in the public sector by June 2025, as part of the Public Sector Veterans Employment Strategy.

“We’ve already recruited more than 1,500 highly skilled veterans and now we want an additional 300 service men and women to take up secure and well-paid jobs – working for Victoria,” said Minister Suleyman.

The strategy supports veterans who may face barriers or challenges with skills recognition and translation, lack of mentorship and professional networks, and resume writing and interview experience.

Since 2017, the Government has recruited 1,541 veterans into public sector roles with 537 becoming sworn members of Victoria Police and a further 164 taking up jobs in Corrections and Youth Justice.

The Labor Government has also invested $220,000 to deliver a landmark Recognition of Prior Learning for Veterans Pilot Program – so the skills and knowledge earned during their service is reflected in nationally recognised civilian qualifications and skill sets.

This includes a specialised Veteran Liaison Officer who works closely with TAFEs and Skills and Jobs Centres across Victoria to ensure all veterans, no matter where they live, can have their skills recognised.

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