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Program helps veterans find jobs

4 May 2016
Veterans will be matched to fulfilling careers in the NSW public sector as part of a new specialist employment program.

The NSW Government Veterans Employment Program offers practical guidance to military personnel who want to change careers and helps them match their rank to NSW public sector grades.

Former Army Major Garth Callender, who has served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, leads the program.

Mr Callender said that former military personnel often struggle to have their skills understood by potential employees, resulting in unemployment and underemployment.

“This program recognises that the community has already invested significantly in military personnel and their wealth of skills and experience can be of enormous value to employers,” Mr Callender said.

The program aims to transition 200 veterans into the public sector by 2019.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said that he hoped similar programs would roll out across Australia.

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