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Winners

The winners of the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards set themselves apart from others through the work that they do in creating employment opportunities for veterans and spouses of current serving Australian Defence Force members and the outstanding achievements they have made in the civilian workplace.

2019 Winners

Outstanding Veterans’ Employer of the Year

BCT Solutions Pty Ltd

The stand-out based on the successful programs it has in place, developed by veterans, to assist veterans in their employment including the provision of informal service transition advice.

Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards 2019 - Outstanding Veterans’ Employer of the Year

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment

Mr Chris Mayfield OAM

At lunch tables, breakout rooms, accommodation blocks, at workshops, in resource planning meetings and Boardrooms in Perth and around Australia, hiring managers, through to Company Directors are now including veterans into their resourcing strategy because of Chris Mayfield’s foresight.

Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards 2019 - Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment

Category Winners

Winner Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment

Ironside Recruitment

Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment

“There is strategic value in hiring ex-service personnel; they have the ability to increase productivity, to satisfy capability gaps and provide organisation's with a competitive advantage.”

Winner Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

Defence Bank

Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

“We understand that the life of a Defence family offers unique challenges such as Defence postings, and deployments and we look to support our families and Defence partners wherever possible.”

Winner Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Small

Veterans in Construction

Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Small

“A champion of promoting how the skills acquired in the Australian Defence Force closely align with those skill sets which are required to have a long term career in the construction industry.”

Winner Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Medium

BCT Solutions

Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Medium

“All training programs, initiatives and programs are developed by veterans, with internal validation by our veteran workforce.”

Winner Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Large

Boral Limited

Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Large

 “Despite having no obvious immediate/identified need to link to the Defence/veteran sector, Boral has actively sought veteran employees to enhance its capability because it understands the value proposition of veterans.”

Winner Veteran Employee of the Year

Mr Jordan Ivone, PwC Australia Pty Ltd

Veteran Employee of the Year

“Jordan's time in the Army, coupled with other work experience, has enabled him to engage very effectively with stakeholders at all levels, from CDF to more junior levels of the APS… Jordan's military experience has been highly valued by the PwC team across a range of different engagements.”

Winner Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year

Mr Ben Whitham, Penten Pty Ltd

Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year

“Ben's story is one of commercial success after transitioning from military service… Many of Penten's Defence veterans are in the company because they have followed Ben's lead in the transition from uniform to civilian workforce.”

2018 Winners

Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation to Veterans' Employment

WithYouWithMe

An outstanding veteran-led start up, achieving excellent results in gaining meaningful second careers for former ADF personnel and assisting in their transition to careers after military service.

Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation to Veterans' Employment Winner

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment

Glen Ferrarotto

It is a combination of Glen’s experience, knowledge and passion to help others that makes his contribution to veterans' employment stand out from others. He is personally invested in each veteran that he seeks to assist, and his passion and enthusiasm to assist veterans are his key drivers.

Winner Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment

Category Winners

Winner Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans

NSW Government – Veterans Employment Program

Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans

“The NSW Government Veterans Employment Program has exceeded its target by 162%, 18 months ahead of schedule, demonstrating that it is a leader in veteran employment.”

Winner Veterans’ Employer of the Year Large Business

Boeing Defence Australia

Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large Business

“Recruiting and supporting veterans is an integral part of who we are and what we do. We hire, appreciate, acknowledge, respect and utilise the unique skills and experiences that veterans bring to our workforce, because we know that veterans make us better.”

Winner Veterans’ Employer of the Year Small to Medium Sized Business

Secure Windows

Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Small to Medium-Sized Business

“Every veteran we have interviewed to date has been at minimum, offered a trial role. Whilst some may have found other employment we have never turned anyone away.”

Winner Veterans’ Employer of the Year Public Sector Organisation

NSW Government – Veterans Employment Program

Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Public Sector Organisation

“The NSW Government Veterans Employment Program is the first of its kind for government in Australia, utilising unique methods, approaches and tools to make a strong impact across NSW Government.”

Winner Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

Westpac Group

Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment

“Our goal is to assist spouses of serving ADF members with flexible work practices and to transfer them to a new posting location when required and if available.”

Winner Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment

WithYouWithMe

Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment

“WithYouWithMe is less than two years old but already we have more than 1,400 veterans on our program, and have secured direct employment for close to 300 veterans.”

Winner Veteran Employee of the Year

Rachel Ranton – Westpac Group

Veteran Employee of the Year

“Despite not having any banking experience, Rachel was able to use her management and leadership experience to turnaround an underperforming Branch to become one of the highest performing in Southern Queensland.”

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