Veterans offer employers unique skills after ADF service

Veterans often leave the Australian Defence Force highly skilled and armed with unique abilities that make them valuable employees when they return to the civilian workforce.

Defence members who are ready to change careers can be unsure how to translate those skills and abilities into attributes that are understood by employers, which can be a barrier to finding employment.

Veterans’ family members can also find it hard to secure work when they relocate through the Defence force.

To make it easier for veterans and their families to connect with employers looking to hire, RSLWA and Working Spirit have joined forces to hold an Employment Fair at the Port Kennedy RSL Sub-Branch on July 17, 2023.

The Employment Fair is an opportunity for veterans and their family members to speak directly with employers and for employers looking to hire in WA to promote their business to the veteran community.

It is the second time RSLWA has run the Employment Fair, which previously resulted in many ex-service personnel and their family members who attended the event securing work.

RSLWA chief executive officer Vince Connelly said it was a great initiative that helped veterans transition back into civilian life or plan for a career change.


“Anything we can do to make that transition easier for veterans is a huge bonus for them and their families,” he said


“It is also a great opportunity to build connections and strengthen relationships with Western Australian employers who see the value in hiring veterans.”

Working Spirt founder Karyn Hinder said the Employment Fair was a fantastic opportunity provided by two charities that were supporting veterans.

“The fair will give veterans a chance to meet employers who were committed to hiring them,” she said.

“I encourage any veteran looking at transition from service or any veteran looking to pivot careers to attend to meet companies keen to capture your talent.”

Hancock Prospecting Group of companies is one Western Australian employer committed to hiring veterans, they will be at the fair to talk about what opportunities they have for ex-service members.

Hancock Prospecting Group of companies Principal Veteran Employment James Hepworth encouraged veterans who were looking for employment to get in touch with them and take a look at their website

“The Hancock Prospecting Group of companies is working closely with RSLWA and Working Spirit,” he said.

“Our mission is to employ veterans and support veteran transition into the mining and agricultural industries. We are so pleased to partner with these organisations and others in the veteran community in every way we can.”

Employers based in WA currently looking to hire are welcome to attend the event which has limited spots available.

Veterans, their partners and family members who are looking for work or a career change are also encouraged to attend.

RSLWA and Working Spirit will be at the fair to support veterans, along with employers such as Hancock Prospecting Group, Pedco Engineering, Babcock International Group, Department of Justice, Motorola Solutions, SLB, Ventia, Disaster Relief Australia, Serco Asia Pacific and Cleanaway.

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Media contact: Allison Stephens 0410 591 901