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Monday, May 17, 2021

Council launches veterans employment program

A dedicated program aimed at supporting veterans to pursue a career in local government has been launched by the City of Newcastle.  
 
The Veterans Employment Program, developed in collaboration with the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs and United Services Union, provides advice and guidance to both veterans and employing managers.

Resources include a detailed ‘Rank to Grade Guide’, aimed at helping veterans and hiring managers understand how Australian Defence Force skills and experience align with local government jobs, a dedicated guide to preparing job applications and resources to assist through the recruitment process.  

Office for Veterans Affairs Manager Craig ‘Dallas’ Delaney, who developed and coordinates the Veterans Employment Program for the NSW Government, welcomed the support to assist ex-service men and women find employment in local government.  

“The Veterans Employment Program aims to support our ex-service personnel into public sector jobs across New South Wales, and City of Newcastle’s commitment to this program will be warmly welcomed by the men and women of our veteran community,” Mr Delaney said.   

“The Office for Veterans Affairs, working closely with City of Newcastle, can provide strong support and assistance throughout the entire recruitment process.

“From helping to match existing skill sets with the right jobs in the public sector, to providing tailored feedback following a job interview, we’re working together with the City of Newcastle to ensure our ex-service personnel are adequately supported when taking the next steps in their career.”  

City of Newcastle Director Ken Liddell, a veteran with 20 years of service in the Royal Australian Air Force, said the diverse skills he learned during his career in the Air Force enabled for a successful transfer into the public sector, including senior leadership roles in state and local government. 

“The skills I learned in the Australian Defence Force have been invaluable for my post-service career in the public sector,” he said.

“Strong and decisive decision making, collaboration and team work as well as leadership and mentoring are all skills encouraged in the services, that readily transfer into local council jobs.
 
“The ability to continue to serve your community is just one reason why I would strongly encourage any veteran to consider a career in local government as a great post-service career choice.”  

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