Dan Tehan, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, has officially launched the ServiceNow and Soldier On training program in Canberra.
Designed by software vendor ServiceNow in partnership with the Soldier On organisation, which supports those who have served, the initiative is intended to assist Australian veterans transition into civilian life with the technical skills required to meet a growing industry demand.
“What we have launched today is a training program to take veterans, run them through a ServiceNow certification program through the Soldier On program, and then with a view that those people will graduate and be ideally employed by either some of the customers directly or with some of our partners on the program: CSC, Accenture and Citadel,” David Oakley, ServiceNow managing director in Australia and New Zealand, told Australian Defence Business Review.
During a three-week course, the program provides specific training on the ServiceNow platform, complemented by training in presentation and other skills, explained Oakley.
“One of the biggest challenges our veterans have is how they transition into civilian employment,” said John Bale, CEO and co-founder of Soldier On. “We are delighted to be partnering with ServiceNow to provide skills for transitioning veterans that will bring them genuine job opportunities in a growing industry.”
The first class of a dozen students began today, with about 50 veterans anticipated to complete the program each year.
“This training is very accessible and will help to not only enhance qualifications but build the confidence of our participants and prepare them for the workforce,” said Soldier On national transitions director Melissa Russell.
“They will realise their potential, and that there is opportunity and support out there for veterans post separation from the military. What is more exciting is that we have several Defence spouses enrolled on the course and we are able to assist them in identifying new employment pathways. Soldier On is so focused on supporting the entire family, and it is fantastic that we can demonstrate this through the ServiceNow training opportunity.”