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Supporting veterans into ICT careers drives Soldier On Silver Pledge

ICT leader Kinetic IT is delighted to re-sign the Soldier On Silver Pledge and continue its commitment to building enduring relationships with veterans across Australia.

The Soldier On Silver Pledge

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Kinetic IT’s Tim Griggs with Soldier On Chief Executive Amy Cooper. Credit: Soldier On

It’s the fifth year the technology-led solutions provider has signed the Soldier On Pledge, demonstrating Kinetic IT’s commitment to enabling veterans and their families to thrive by providing support and employment opportunities.

Soldier On is an independent, not-for-profit organisation delivering holistic support services that enable current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, and their families, to lead meaningful civilian lives.

In collaboration with the Soldier On Pathways Program, the partnership between the Australian not-for-profit and Kinetic IT has brought more veterans into the ICT industry, including veterans now employed by Kinetic IT.

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Kinetic IT Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Jessica Todd said the pledge signalled the organisation’s vision for a diverse ICT industry which leverages the range of skills veterans have to offer.

“As an industry leader with strong connections to the veterans community, Kinetic IT is proud to re-sign the Soldier On Silver Pledge for 2023. As we work with customers within the Defence, Emergency Services and Corrections sectors, this partnership ensures we listen to the lived experiences of veterans so that we may continue to build sustainable employment pathways and engagement opportunities.

“Thank you to Soldier On for the work your organisation does supporting Australian veterans and their families, and for connecting many former serving Australians with meaningful work.”

Soldier On Senior Pathways Officer Kevin Lomax said it was wonderful to have Kinetic IT reaffirm its commitment to supporting veterans and their families through meaningful employment.

“As a long-time Pledge Partner, Kinetic IT is a fantastic example of how The Pledge can enable our veterans to thrive in civilian roles while benefitting businesses who commit to supporting them.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kinetic IT on board as a Silver Pledge Partner once again.”

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Jessica said the Soldier On partnership was just one of several opportunities that Kinetic IT has begun engaging through community engagement opportunities. Most recently, Kinetic IT attended the Military and Emergency Services Civilian Career Summit in Western Australia, connecting with many veterans looking for new career pathways post-service.

“These opportunities help bridge the gap between the ICT industry and the veterans community, and we’re seeing the benefits of bringing those who understand Defence operations in to support our customers within the broader sector.

“Most importantly, helping an individual visualise a career beyond service that values the skills, experience and capabilities they bring to the table is a really wonderful thing. I’m looking forward to further leveraging these connections and showing veterans the world of opportunities within the ICT industry.”

Kinetic IT’s Tim Griggs, Head of Service Delivery in Canberra, said of the signing:

“I was thrilled to sign the Silver Pledge on behalf of Kinetic IT. Having served myself, I know first-hand the significant qualities and capabilities that veterans bring to our business.

“I look forward to assisting as many military and law enforcement veterans and their families to join the increasingly diverse Defence account and wider Kinetic IT family.”

Soldier On Silver Pledge Tim Griggs signs
Tim Griggs from Kinetic IT signs the Soldier On Silver Pledge with Soldier On CEO Amy Cooper as witness. Credit: Soldier On

About Soldier On

Established in 2012, Soldier On is a not-for-profit veteran support organisation delivering a range of early intervention services to veterans and their families in multiple locations across Australia.

Soldier On provides a holistic model of support, focusing on health and wellbeing, employment support, learning and education programs, and participation and social connection. For context, the 2021 Australian Census showed that more than 580,000 Australians have reported that they have served or are currently serving in the Australian Defence Force.

Whether Australian veterans or their family members need to access services in one or all four areas, Soldier On is available to help connect families to enable them to thrive through tailored programs. This includes its Pathways Program which helps veterans and their families to secure meaningful long-term employment.

Soldier On’s support services are available to those currently serving or who have served in the Royal Australian Navy, Army, and Air Force at any time since 1990, including reservists. All services are also available to the immediate family of current and former ADF personnel.

For more information or how you can support, visit the Soldier On website. You can also find out more about the Soldier On Silver Pledge and our other Partners on the Kinetic IT website.

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