Monday, 24 June 2019 11:51

Veterans' families get boost with $5m training commitment

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One thousand family members of Australian military veterans are to be given access to free career training in high-demand skills in areas including cyber security, robotics and data analytics through a $5 million funding commitment from veteran education and employment organisation WithYouWithMe.

The funding will be provided over the next three years with the launch of the WithYouWithMe Home Squads program which gives all immediate family members of current and ex-serving Australian military veterans free access to the WithYouWithMe full-suite of WYWM Academy training courses.

The funding pledge is an extension of WithYouWithMe’s free veteran employment program, which has attracted more than 8000 Australian military veterans over the past 2½ years and helped thousands gain meaningful employment.

WithYouWithMe Home Squads will see adult military family members given the opportunity to receive training, and all eligible participants will have access to the entire pathway training courses valued at up to $5000 each.

“ADF service has impacts beyond just the serving member, with families playing a critical supporting role for members throughout their service and beyond,” the Veterans and Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester said.

“This program is a great way to give back to veterans’ families and help them to develop skills that are in high-demand in the job market and WithYouWithMe should be commended on their commitment to assisting many veterans, and now veterans’ families, find meaningful employment.

“Australians have always had enormous respect for the service of our veterans and the Government has an ongoing commitment to raise awareness of the excellent skills ex-service men and women bring to the workplace as a result of their military experience. This is being achieved through initiatives such as the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program.

“With the continued support of organisations such as WithYouWithMe, together with other community, business and industry groups, I look forward to seeing more businesses employ our veterans.

“I encourage organisations to show their support for veteran employment by signing the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Commitment. WithYouWithMe has signed this commitment which is open to all Australian businesses that would like to benefit from the skills and experience of our ex-service men and women.”

WithYouWithMe chief executive Australia Tom Larter said that the launch of the Home Squads program was a “great way to bring families together during the transition process with the option to gain new skills alongside each other for greater motivation and support”.

“No one should have to go it alone. We’ve been there side by side with thousands of veterans on their transition journey, and while programs like ours have a key role to play, transition success starts at home.

“Veterans' families are crucial support systems, yet a veterans' spouses and children are often left to shoulder much of the uncertainty which goes with deployments and re-postings. We want to try and make the veteran life and transition journey slightly easier for the whole family by giving them free access to the WithYouWithMe community and the vital tools they need to start a new career,” Larter said.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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