The state government has kept an election promise for Australian Defence Force veterans who are moving to civilian careers.

Veterans who choose to go into TAFE training or an apprenticeship will be able to do so at no cost to them.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said $1.1 million in funding will meet an election commitment to support up to 300 Queensland veterans into different careers through the newDefence to Civilian Success Training Program.

“Our servicemen and women have given so much to Australia, and this funding will help open more doors in the next chapter of their lives when they decide to transition from the ADF,” the Premier said.

“Veterans bring a wealth of skills and experience, and my government – with the support of TAFE Queensland – will help them capitalise on their abilities when they leave the military.”

The funding will also be used to promote the training program to veterans and for a new mentorship program to support veterans with employment in the Queensland public service.

Assistant Minister to the Premier for Veterans’ Affairs Bart Mellish MP said the new training program will offer veterans more choice.

“This program will enhance the support that is currently available to veterans by matching their skills with more educational opportunities, helping to lead them to another rewarding career,” Mr Mellish said.

“TheDefence to Civilian Success Training Program builds on the Queensland Government’s commitment to supporting veterans and their families at a time when they are looking to utilise their skills and move in a new direction.

“TAFE Queensland has already delivered remarkable outcomes with its existing Transition to Civi Streetprogram, which will now be enhanced by the new training program, providing further opportunities to those veterans who need support.”

Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said it would provide a good training ground for veterans.

“The vocational education sector will support transitioning veterans into a new career by highlighting the many opportunities available at a time when they might not be aware of the current employment landscape,” the Minister said.

“Training and apprenticeships through TAFE Queensland provide a wonderful foundation for people of different ages and skillsets to move forward with their lives in rewarding careers.”

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell said veterans had thrived in the Transition to Civi Street program, progressing through transition, to study and into employment. 

“Moving back to civilian life can present challenges for veterans and their families, and TAFE Queensland is extremely proud to be able to provide professional guidance and educational pathways as these veterans take the next step in their careers,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Our ex-ADF Defence Solutions Officers understand the skills, language, experience and knowledge that veterans have gained through their military service and are able to translate these skillsets into educational and employment pathways that lead to meaningful civilian employment opportunities.

“The new Defence to Civilian Success Training Program will enable TAFE Queensland to further extend our support to more veterans and their families as they transition into new and exciting careers.”

Inquiries can be emailed to defence@tafeqld.edu.au

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