VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT AWARDS 2020
As you may already know, Wounded Heroes provides financial assistance to current ADF Members, veterans and their families in crisis, homeless or at risk of homelessness. In 2018 we launched the Jobs 4 Heroes training and employment program, in partnership with the QLD State Government and successfully won a tender to provide training and employment to veterans.
We focus on providing training and employment outcomes for veterans and their families that have been medically discharged and cannot work or gain employment in a trade using the skills they acquired during their service.
We believe our focus on the wounded, ill and injured, sets us apart from larger organisations in the veteran employment space. We are a community service organisation run by volunteers, and provide a training and employment program for homeless veterans after they have been provided with housing.
As a result of some serious hard work and dedication from all at Wounded Heroes we have been nominated for Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP
The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel
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PRIME MINISTER’S VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT AWARDS FINALISTS
AUSTRALIAN businesses have proved they are getting the message — veterans are good for business. Following the largest number of nominations received for the annual Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards the 24 finalists were today announced.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the finalists, spread across eight categories, demonstrated how veterans are excelling in the civilian workforce, and how businesses are supporting them and their families.
“The Veterans’ Employment Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of veterans in the civilian workforce, as well as how organisations and individuals create employment opportunities for veterans and support their transition,” the Prime Minister said.
“I commend all those who submitted a nomination this year and congratulate all the finalists.”
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said it was great to see so many individuals and organisations translating their passion for supporting veterans and their families into real action.
“Service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is overwhelmingly positive — it’s good for the individual, good for the community and is in the national interest, and it sets up our personnel with skills and experience that are highly valued in the civilian workforce,” Mr Chester said.
“These finalists represent a variety of organisations in a range of industries that have seen the incredible value in hiring veterans as part of their business and they should be congratulated on their support of veterans and their families.”
The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards are part of a broad program of activity aimed at raising awareness with employers, both in the private and public sector, of the enormous value and unique skills our veterans can bring to their organisation.
There were a record 129 nominations for the 2020 Awards, the highest in the Awards’ three year history. Finalists for 2020 Awards are selected from across the country; from large, medium and small businesses in a range of industries and professions.
Each category is assessed by a three-member judging panel. Judges are independent and impartial and include senior representatives from Australian business, former Australian Defence Force Members and senior representatives from the Australian Public Service.
The Awards ceremony will be held in March 2020 in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.
Further information on the awards and finalists can be found on the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program website www.veteransemployment.gov.au.