Struggle to find good talent? Hire a Veteran!

Find out how Veterans make great employees

Australia’s military is among the best in the world, and a point of national pride. Members of the Australian Defense Force (ADF) undergo world-class training. When veterans leave the ADF, they bring a unique set of qualifications, training, experience, and talents with them.

Veterans contribute professional qualifications and technical knowledge in highly sought-after industries such as healthcare, trades, engineering, project management and logistics, information management, hospitality, security, and many more to the ADF.

Veterans are leaders and decision-makers, as well as problem solvers and critical thinkers, risk managers, and communicators, who have demonstrated expertise and high-level talents. They also possess the character attributes of integrity, loyalty, self-discipline, and perseverance, as well as the capacity to operate in high-pressure circumstances. This is a challenging skill set to acquire and cultivate in new personnel.

Access to experienced and highly skilled workers is a competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive labor market. Around 6,000 soldiers leave the ADF each year, giving businesses a unique opportunity to tap into this skilled talent pool.

The Benefits of Hiring Veterans

If you’re still not convinced, here are reasons why hiring military veterans could benefit your company:

Veterans are Goal-oriented

The military is one of the few occupations that focuses solely on goal achievement. In order to achieve their goals, veterans are trained in engineered environments that focus solely on mission accomplishment, and military members are instructed to practice collaboration, cooperation, and personal growth.

Veterans are Trained Leaders

Veterans are a great fit if you want to develop in-house talent and hire genuine leadership candidates. According to experts, the average Marine is enlisted at the age of 19, and by the age of 20, he or she is promoted to non-commissioned officer and assigned to high-stress leadership positions.

Veterans Take Responsibility Seriously

Military personnel are taught to take their professions seriously from the start. They’ve been taught that silly mistakes, poor decisions, or flagrant oversights can result in significant injury or death to their colleagues. That’s something you can’t unlearn, so veterans tend to bring that incredible degree of precision into the workplace.

Veterans Know How to Make Decisions

The military is created to develop leaders, and as a result, all recruits are forced to trust their instincts. Veterans have been trained to take in as much information as possible before making a fast decision, thus they can usually be counted on to make the best decision available at the time.

Veterans Speak Their Minds

Few veterans are “yes guys,” despite having been educated to follow orders. As employees, veterans will not be afraid to point out faults or ask their employer to reconsider a major choice because of their leadership experience and intuition.

Veterans Have a Great Work Ethic

Slacking off isn’t an option while you’re in the military. Every work you’ve been given must be completed for a purpose, and veterans have been taught to recognize this. As a result, you should expect veterans to know what hard effort entails.

Indigenous Artwork Funding our Literacy and Numeracy Program:

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When CIS sells artwork, it not only helps to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, but it also helps to fund community projects. They sell a variety of artwork, including the following:

The right to literacy is inextricably linked to the right to education. Adult Australians should be encouraged to further strengthen their language, reading, and numeracy skills, regardless of their work or social status.

Workers in today’s businesses must have strong language, reading, and numeracy skills, as well as the ability to handle problems in technologically advanced environments. According to the results of the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey, 1 in 7 Australians (14%) has very poor literacy abilities, and 1 in 3 (30%) has literacy skills that put them at risk of unemployment and social marginalisation.

Today’s Australians require advanced communication skills as well as high levels of digital literacy. A lack of language, literacy, and numeracy affects every area of an adult’s life, as well as families, children, and communities.

Language, literacy, and numeracy levels of the adult population must be at the forefront of public policy in order to compete in the global knowledge-based economy and preserve the degree of prosperity and social cohesion that Australians require and expect.

Literacy and Numeracy Programs that CIS offers:

Developing core reading, writing, and math abilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults in order to:

Colleen Holmes Learning & Development, which specialises in dealing with indigenous people, joins with CIS to conduct education initiatives. Students build language, literacy, numeracy, and computer skills at their own pace through the Skills Explorer learning programme, which helps them enhance their employment chances and open new doors to positive change in all parts of their lives. Find out more about the program here

Education’s Importance in Today’s World:

Adult and child literacy and numeracy rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are significantly lower than the national average, with regional and remote communities suffering the most. These abilities serve as the foundation for learning and are necessary for work and engagement in daily life.

Because reading, writing, and arithmetic are required in practically every job capacity, a lack of education provides a barrier to employment. This has a tremendous impact on a person’s earning potential, as well as their and their families’ quality of life. Low socioeconomic position is linked to a slew of other difficulties, including physical and mental health, income, and lifespan.

We improve individual outcomes and help the entire community by strengthening core language, reading, and numeracy skills. Education is a means of empowering oneself and expanding one’s horizons. We can close the gap in inequality and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

By purchasing artwork on our store, you can directly help support our Literacy and Numeracy Program. Shop now or donate today.

How your business can benefit from a Reconciliation Action Plan

Developing a RAP plan

Every Australian organisation has a responsibility to aid in the reconciliation process. Here’s why your company should join over 600 other organizations throughout the country in making a difference. It was more than branding when former Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes was revealed as the face of David Jones earlier this year. Goodes was hired as a reconciliation expert to assist the retailer in developing its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and combating racism. Adelaide City Council, Carlton Football Club, Sydney Festival, and Staples Australia are among the 600 organisations across the country that have launched a formal Reconciliation Action Plan.

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

A RAP’s concept is simple but powerful: it specifies the measures an organisation will take to enable non-Indigenous people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians create healthy relationships and respect. RAPs are about more than simply words and purpose statements; they are about paving the way for real social transformation.

So, how successful are they in achieving this crucial goal? According to a recent report, RAPs are assisting in closing the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. More than 30,000 Indigenous Australians are now employed in businesses around the country.

Why your business needs a RAP

There are numerous advantages to creating a RAP for your company. The capacity to build a more dynamic and diverse workplace one that is more understanding and hence accepting of different cultures is at the top of the list.

For the company, this can open up new markets while also assisting in the expansion of existing ones. But, in the end, the goal is to create a more tolerant and courteous society as a whole. The RAP formalises this commitment and incorporates it into daily operations.

A RAP symbolises best-practice corporate governance across industries, with reconciliation serving as a crucial gauge of success for both large and small businesses. A well-designed and implemented RAP is an investment in your employees and workplace culture, creating the ideal environment for attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals.

Through developing ties with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, a serious approach to reconciliation can also provide access to new markets and networks, allowing your company to grow and prosper.

Benefits for your business:

Creating a RAP provides organisations with the tools they need to move away from ad hoc initiatives and toward longer-term, sustainable strategies that will benefit you by strengthening relationships, boosting service delivery, and enhancing your reputation. You will get access to new markets as a result of your RAP, and you will create stronger relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders as a result of increased cultural awareness.

The RAP program also serves as a vital RAP relationship and cooperation broker, providing you with access to the RAP network, a vibrant, supportive, and rapidly expanding community of organisations. This community allows you to network, share experiences, and collaborate with like-minded organisations to establish collaborative efforts that have a greater impact.

If your organisation wants to start their reconciliation journey, give us a call today. CIS help design and implement tailored RAP plans for your organisation. All profits generated from this service fund our Indigenous Literacy and Numeracy Program to improve outcomes for First Nation Peoples.

Australian Veteran challenges and how to secure employment

Helping veterans secure employment

While the federal government and private sector are working to increase civilian employment options for veterans, they are still having difficulty finding work. According to a study undertaken in collaboration with Australian Veterans, the unemployment rate among Veterans aged 18 to 65 is higher than that of non-Veterans.

Here are five of the most significant obstacles that Veterans encounter when it comes to finding work:

Skill and Education Gaps

Veterans have a wide range of transferable leadership, collaboration, and communication abilities that can help them succeed in civilian jobs. When it comes to filling jobs, businesses often search for specific abilities. They may be unqualified for some jobs due to gaps in their education and experience. Many management and highly technical professions, for example, necessitate both a certain degree and work experience. Veterans who joined the military immediately after graduating from high school may have little or no civilian work experience.


COVID increased unemployment in Australia to its highest levels since the Great Depression. While the labour market is improving, the unemployment rate in March 2021 was 6%, which is still higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The pace of new hires is modest as workers return after extended furloughs. When it comes to finding a job, the competition is fierce. Every corporate job opportunity, according to statistics, receives 250 applications. Only four to six persons are chosen for an interview out of all of them. Furthermore, only one individual is employed.

Relevant Resume

For many of those who served in the military, it was their first employment. As a result, veterans may never have needed to create a resume, at least not one aimed at landing civilian employment. As inexperienced job seekers, some Veterans may list all of their military experience on their resumes in the hopes that future employers will identify applicable skills and expertise.

Learn to Network

Networking is widely regarded as the most effective method of obtaining employment. It is responsible for up to 85% of all job openings. Traditional and more advanced networking strategies are used in today’s networking. Here are a handful of the most important networking tactics in today’s world:

  • Join professional organisations and go to job fairs to meet potential employers or others who have a professional interest in you.
  • Join community organisations, volunteer, and talk to other gym members. Meeting new individuals opens up the possibility of obtaining a professional reference or a career lead. According to a recent industry research, a referred candidate had a 20x better probability of being employed than someone who applied online.

Choosing the Best Career Path

The best occupations are those that allow you to put your military talents to use. Vets who enjoy working with people for example, can consider a career in healthcare. A warehouse or logistics work could be great for Veterans who want a more active or physical profession. Veterans with a background in systems engineering, cybersecurity, data analysis, or information security analysis can pursue another professional route in IT. One out of every four Veterans is employed by the government or the public sector.

Why culturally diverse workplaces produce better results:

Become an inclusive culturally diverse organisation

What is cultural diversity?

Culture is what moulds us; it is the source of our beliefs, impacts our behaviour, and gives us our sense of self. The representation of many cultural and ethnic groups in society is known as cultural diversity.

When it comes to cultural diversity in the workplace, it refers to the inclusion of people from various origins, races, sexual orientations, and political viewpoints. The term ‘cultural diversity’ supports an inclusive workplace in which people from varied backgrounds join together to work as a team.

It’s easy to talk about the theory and definitions of cultural diversity, but the methods utilised throughout the hiring process have a big impact on how that diversity is created within an organisation.

What is cultural diversity in the workplace?

Companies that value cultural diversity in the workplace are willing to hire people from all walks of life, regardless of colour, religion, or culture. When a firm recruits and retains a diverse workforce, it reaps a variety of benefits for both the company and its employees.

Consider the human race as a whole: we are a globally diverse species with a wide range of cultures, languages, and beliefs. Why, then, should we not strive to make our workforces as diverse as possible in this age of globalisation?

Why is cultural diversity important?

We’ve discussed the advantages of cultural diversity, but equality and diversity aren’t just buzzwords in the media. There has been a lot of research done on the good effects of diversity in the workplace and the importance of it.

When considering the benefits of cultural variety, studies delve into why it is vital and provide us with reliable data to work with. For example, according to a study, the 43 most diverse public businesses were 24% more lucrative than the S&P 500. According to other surveys, nearly 95% of directors feel that diversity gives new perspectives.

Finally, workplace diversity and inclusion enable firms to form teams that bring a variety of perspectives and skills to the table, resulting in increased innovation and income.

There are some extremely beneficial benefits to having a more diverse staff that can be difficult to quantify. Let’s look at eight incredible advantages for both individuals and employers:

  • Increased productivity
  • Improved creativity
  • Increased profits
  • Improved employee engagement
  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Improved company reputation
  • Wider range of skills
  • Improves cultural insights

Employee retention will help you maximise revenues in the long run if you hire a diverse crew. Inclusion and diversity are critical in the workplace because they boost employee morale. The feeling of being valued and welcomed, regardless of your background, is the fundamental reason behind this.

Indigenous Consulting Services

CIS works with communities from the inside out, recognising the particular culture of the people they serve. We offer expert guidance on how to best engage, support, and integrate cultural awareness and diversity, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values into your organisation and facilitate the introduction of cultural awareness within your staff and corporate structure by providing bespoke solutions tailored to your needs. Contact us today to see how you can benefit from a more culturally welcoming workplace.

All profit generated from our cultural consulting services goes directly towards supporting our Indigenous Literacy and Numeracy program, to improve outcomes for First Nation Australians.

High Tide & Higher Spirits

Our Veterans Health Week Outrigging Event

Last Sunday, Australian and New Zealand Defence Force Veterans and their families enjoyed a fun filled day on the water followed by a BBQ courtesy of Bayside Outrigger Club. With 30 people in attendance, there was plenty of experienced outriggers paddling alongside new-comers keen to have a go.

Held at beautiful Cleveland in Brisbane’s Redlands Bay area, the two-hour rowing event was led by experienced outrigger veterans keen to share their knowledge and expertise and to make sure everyone had a great and safe time.

One veteran, in his emotional speech to the group, said rowing provides a ‘home’ for him. With plenty of fellowship and storytelling, the CIS motto of ‘mates looking after mates’ was well and truly on display.

Thank you to the Department of Veterans Affairs for providing CIS the funds to make this event possible as part of its Veterans Health Week activities 2021. Thank you also to our community partners, Bayside Outriggers Club for providing the equipment and expertise necessary to ensure everyone had a fun-filled and safe day, and one to remember.

CIS acknowledges the land and seas on which this event took place and pays respects to elders and traditional owners.

You can support Veterans’ Health and Wellbeing by donating to support our Veteran Services

Just some of the action on the day:

The Evolution of Employment Services for Veterans

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To help with employment services for veterans in Australia, Community Involvement Solutions (CIS), provides relief from poverty, economic disadvantage, and mental and emotional anguish, improve individual results through education. Working with Veteran and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we build holistic programs that empower people to improve their circumstances.

Who are Veterans?

A veteran is someone who has served in the military and has left the ADF. A war veteran is someone who has directly participated in battle within war (although not all military conflicts, or areas in which armed combat took place, are necessarily referred to as wars).

Military veterans are distinct as a group because their occupation during deployment can be very different from those in the civilian workforce. Potential trauma, PTSD and other mental health illnesses can affect soldiers when they return home from combat. These can present challenges for military veterans trying to reintegrate into civilian society. Homelessness, suicide and long-term unemployment are all disproportionally higher for veterans than the general population. CIS goal is prevention of all of these issues through helping Veterans obtain gainful employment.

The Veterans Employment Program is being developed (VEP)

The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs undertook research into how ADF employees’ skills and experience match those required for public sector positions in order to design the VEP. ADF skills and experience are highly transferable to government workplaces across a broad range of areas, according to this comprehensive study. In the NSW Government, there are jobs for people with all levels of ability and experience, from entry-level to executive positions. The NSW Government is dedicated to leveraging this huge and highly talented recruitment pool, which sees about 1,200 persons leave the ADF each year.

How we Help?

Our diversified team specializes in assisting current and former Australian Defence Force members. Our services are intended to provide meaningful assistance in order to promote long-term positive change. We want to equip people with the tools they need to develop and improve their condition through the pillars of education, mentorship, and counseling. We enable participants to seek assistance and assistance from others within their culture by tapping into established community networks. We take the time to listen, comprehend, and assist co-create a fresh chapter for each person’s experience.

Our programs assist people in honing their skills and increasing their employability. We provide education, mentoring, counseling, qualifications, cultural support, skill development, and vocational training, among other services.

About Us:

Community Involvement Solutions, a registered charity, was created on the premise of impact via collaboration. We don’t only assist individuals; we collaborate with communities to find long-term solutions to the underlying challenges that affect their members. Many of the issues that people experience are directly related to their socioeconomic situation. Unemployment or underemployment can have a significant negative influence on a person’s mental health, self-confidence, and capacity to sustain themselves and their society. We take a whole-person approach to social support, with the ultimate goal of finding meaningful and profitable work. We work one-on-one with clients to discover and deconstruct their personal blockages to achieve upward mobility, which is the cornerstone of self-fulfillment.

CIS assists in the development and strengthening of existing support systems in the community through counselling, education, and mentorship programs. We can only heal, progress, and develop as a society if we facilitate productive partnerships at the local level.

Our Purpose:

Our major purpose is to alleviate poverty, as well as mental and emotional pain, for persons who are economically disadvantaged. Employment is an important aspect of life that gives financial and social rewards as well as opportunity for social integration. Those who are able to work can realise their full potential, help them recover from their circumstances, obtain acceptance and support from society, and find job happiness.

Contact us today to find out more about our employment services for veterans in Australia.

Indigenous Populations and their benefit to your Organisation

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on August 9th. There are around 370 million Indigenous Peoples and ethnic minorities residing in over 90 nations throughout the world. We should all be concerned about Indigenous peoples, regardless of where we live or who we are. 

Ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples are more likely to face economic disparity. Despite making up only 5% of the worldwide population, Indigenous Peoples account for over 15% of the world’s population under the poverty line. Despite progress, Indigenous Peoples and ethnic minorities continue to be excluded and marginalised, with unequal access to essential services. Indigenous peoples own, occupy, or utilise a quarter of the world’s land, protecting 80% of the world’s surviving biodiversity. States, on the other hand, only recognise a small percentage of indigenous territory. It reminds us of the enormity of the task ahead of us: securing Indigenous Peoples’ fundamental rights and ensuring their inclusion in the development process so that they can live safer, healthier, and more affluent lives. 

Indigenous peoples, though accounting for only 5% of the global population, are critical environmental stewards. Traditional indigenous areas cover 22% of the planet’s geographical location yet contain 80% of its biodiversity. Indigenous peoples, families, and local communities maintain a third of the world’s forests, which are critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Indigenous foods are also nutrient-dense, climate-resilient, and well-adapted to their surroundings, making them a suitable source of nutrition in climate-vulnerable locations.

Their way of life and livelihoods may teach us a lot about how to conserve natural resources, cultivate food in environmentally friendly practices, and live in peace with nature. It is critical to take Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training for the expertise derived from this legacy and historical legacies to meet the difficulties that food and agriculture face today and in the future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have several chances to contribute positively to a thriving workplace. Employing an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian will help you diversify your workplace and tap into a great source of ability.

Employ people who represent your community: Employing individuals from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities demonstrates that you are one who cares about equal opportunities for all Australians. This will result in increased consumer satisfaction and increased trust.

Improve your company’s relationship with indigenous people: A Reconciliation Action Plan provides you with a better understanding of the Indigenous community, allowing your company to make more informed decisions. Better interactions with suppliers and consumers from various cultural backgrounds will result from increased cross-cultural knowledge. Your staff can also engage in Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training, to create a more welcoming environment for any employees with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

When tendering, get a head start: You will be in a stronger position to obtain tenders if you can demonstrate that your company is committed to improved equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Embrace a range of perspectives and experiences: The unique views of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person will benefit your business, allowing you to tap into markets you would not otherwise know about.

Wage Subsidies: Wage subsidies are a financial incentive for firms to engage qualified participants in continuing occupations by covering the costs of recruiting a new employee upfront. Wage subsidies can aid in the growth of a firm and provide employers with more employment possibilities. The Indigenous Wage Subsidy may be available if your company employs an Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training. 

Indigenous job seekers are eager for opportunity: A networking event links the company with local Aboriginal people and employment seekers. This occasion facilitates an opportunity to find the right candidate and measure their employee potential.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander employees can enhance your workforce through their unique perspective and experience, contributing to the cross-cultural awareness of your organisation. Correctly implemented Indigenous Employment Strategies can help attract these valuable skills, helping to improve communication within diverse teams and build stronger ties with the local community. 

8 Little Known Facts about Australian Aboriginal Art

Indigenous Australian Artwork

The earliest form of artistic expression in the world is Aboriginal art. Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory, has art caves dating back at least 60,000 years. Artists can create carvings, ground designs, and paintings out of soil and rocks. We go over all you need to know about Australian Aboriginal Art in this article.

Aboriginal art can only be created by an Aboriginal artist.

It may seem self-evident, but Aboriginal art is only called Aboriginal if it was created by someone of indigenous heritage. A non-Indigenous Australian has no authority to paint an Aboriginal work of art. The artist’s background will influence the appearance of the work, intertwining a part of their own story within each piece.  Rich symbolism and specific ancestoral  meaning is often depicted within Aboriginal art. The tribe you are from and the ceremonies you practise will all affect the creation process, therefore while others may imiate the work or style, it is without true meaning if it is not created by an Aboriginal artist.  

Dots were once used to obscure the meanings of words from white Australians.

Dot painting dates back to the time of colonisation, when Indigneous tribes were afraid white settlers would be able to understand  and read message within the Aboriginal signs and Indigenous Australian Artwork. Double-dotting concealed any meaning, but Aboriginals could still read it. It is now one of the most well-known styling, especially among the Pintupi tribe of Western Australia.

Aboriginal art is not made up of small dots.

Indigenous Australian Artwork requires specific traning and knowledge to be executed properly. Before creating a piece of Aboriginal art, there is a wealth of information that must be learned. Most Australians and visitors may believe it consists only of dots and fine lines. This simply isn’t true! The dot technique is only authorised to be used by artists from particular tribes. What technique can be employed depends on where the artist hails from and what culture has influenced his or her tribe. Painting on behalf of another culture is regarded both insulting and inappropriate. It’s simply not allowed. The Kulin Nation, for example, which is made up of five different tribes, may not be allowed to utilise the dotting technique because it is not part of their culture, but they can employ cross hatching instead.

Every artist has a unique narrative to tell.

Every piece of Aboriginal art tells a story. The majority of work is centred on the artist’s own story, which may include topics such as their parents, adoption, warriors, or everyday tasks such as fishing. Sometimes the art is representative of their culture or portrays the plight of the stolen generation.

Permission is required for artists to paint a certain story.

Aboriginal painters are unable to portray a story that is not related to their ancestors. Before they can proceed with a story involving historical or sacred facts, they must first receive authorisation. It’s critical that each artist stays true to their tribe’s stories and artistic techniques.

There is no written language used by Aboriginal people.

Some of the artwork uses terms and phrases from the English language because Aboriginals do not have a formal written language. As it is a visual story, artwork is incredibly important to Aboriginal culture and Indigenous Australian Artwork. Pictures take the place of words when words aren’t available. Aboriginal languages do not exist in their spoken form as they previously did. Because each tribe speaks a distinctive dialect, each artist tells a distinctive story. Because there are around 500 different Aboriginal languages, no two Aboriginal artworks are ever the identical, therefore the wide range of styles is unsurprising. It is a reflection of the artist’s personality.

Symbols play an important role in Aboriginal art.

Each piece of our Aboriginal Art For Sale has a type of visual narrative, each tribe has its own set of symbols. There are other iconic symbols, such as eagle feet, waterholes, and digging implements, that are meaningful to numerous tribes. Colours can also be related to meaning, though this is uncommon, and only a few tribes are aware of which colours correspond to particular meanings. The most popular colours chosen are blue (to depict the ocean) and warm brown and orange (to depict the earth). The symbols can also be utilised for education, with both youngsters and adults in mind. Each piece of iconography will have a different meaning depending on the audience, but the story’s core will remain the same.

Varied audiences have different interpretations of Aboriginal art.

Aboriginal language, like art, has several layers, each of which speaks to a distinct audience. The first and most basic layer addresses the general public or children; the second level addresses the general audience, primarily adults; and the third and deepest level addresses a spiritual or ceremonial level. To convey the visual story in its most comprehensive form, an Aboriginal artist must understand all three levels.

See some of our authentic  Australian Aboriginal Art for sale from our website CISAU

How to Overcome Unemployment for Military Veterans in Australia with Veteran Employment Services?

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In 2011, the unemployment rate for young military veterans aged 18 to 24 reached 29 per cent. Younger veterans were 3.4 percentage points more likely to be unemployed between 2000 and 2011. The unemployment gap between veterans and non-veterans narrows dramatically with age and time after military separation. According to the report, limiting Veteran unemployment benefits could possibly lower the length of unemployed spells, but the long-term impact is unknown. There is relatively little information on the success of other federal measures targeted for veteran employment services for the civilian market.

The short-term increase in unemployment reported in recent statistics on freshly separated veterans from the military speaks only of job searching. While recently discharged veterans may have an injury that hinders their capacity to work, research does not support this as a root cause of higher unemployment. Some employers may discriminate against veterans due to the belief that they are all severely affected by mental illness. While this is a problem, it is does not provide a full explanation of the whole issue. Other reasons include a gap in education or training, however this can be easily remedied through recognition of prior learning services (RPL) or upskilling to obtain relevant qualifications. There is still much research to be conducted on the issue, however there are a few key areas for support which would help to improve these statistics:

Proposed Solutions for Consideration:

  • Social involvement — research demonstrates that having social connections/peer support improves outcomes.
  • Assistance coordination – a broad role in care coordination and support – starts with the fundamentals of housing and medical care.
  • PHAMs/PIR recovery models, for example, place a strong emphasis on peer assistance.
  • Partnerships, retraining, peer assistance, and dedicated employers and industries are all part of the employment journey.

The significant features of early intervention best practise are incorporated within the paradigm, including:

  • Once the discharge has been scheduled, contact and service will be commenced as soon as feasible.
  • Care coordinators who are military family members and have expertise in allied health can offer a broad perspective.
  • With assistance tailored to the individual’s personal requirements, flexibility like rank/training constraints must be removed.
  • Life Counselling is provided by skilled and competent personnel, with concern for peers and complimentary services.
  • A holistic approach is used to ensure that social and family supports are in place.
  • An emphasis on what can be done rather than what can’t
  • Including work-directed tactics that track the individual’s progress at a speed that is reasonable for them.
  • Evaluation to determine the program’s success
  • Veterans’ involvement, performance, and ecosystem use are all aided by robust data gathering and analysis points.

What role does education and career prospects have in addressing veteran unemployment?

Root Causes for Veteran Unemployment

Three significant causes primarily influence unemployment among veterans. These are some of the reasons:

  • Translating military employment expertise into civilian terms is a difficult task.
  • Obstacles to certification, such as licencing requirements
  • Mental and physical health issues ie Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Even though 81 per cent of military positions had a near civilian counterpart, many veterans did not transfer their military expertise into everyday terminology. In the civilian sector, someone who runs video teleconferencing would be the military occupational specialisation Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer. Those resumes are incomprehensible to employers. However, because they have a large number of civilian resumes to pick from, they tend to stick with what they know. Veterans might improve their chances of finding work by putting in the extra effort to adapt their military CV into civilian terms.

  • Many veterans looking for work are frustrated by the difficulty of obtaining suitable qualifications. While specific technical disciplines, such as “signals communication,” may not immediately transfer to Silicon Valley computer code, many military vocations are nearly equivalent to civilian employment. When a veteran pursues the civilian counterpart of past military occupation, he or she is confronted with daunting, perplexing, time-consuming, or expensive requirements such as certification or study. 
  • Suppose a veteran wants to transfer his or her driving skills to a civilian truck driving job. In that case, he or she must obtain commercial driver certifications after driving a million-dollar armoured Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle for 12 hours per day in Afghanistan’s mountainous and mine-filled roads. While various programmes have been established to help with the transfer of military talents to civilian professions, many veterans have been discouraged because they are unaware that such employment services for veterans exists.
  • Disabilities associated with service, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can have an unconscious detrimental impact on veterans looking for work. While it is illegal to discriminate against disabled veterans, some firms are hesitant to hire from this group for fear of being unable to integrate disabled veterans into the workplace.
  • Unemployment has far-reaching consequences that go beyond a loss of money and the threat of poverty. A veteran’s health might worsen as well as his or her financial and emotional well-being, especially if he or she is unemployed for a lengthy period of time. Depression and suicide are two of the most common health consequences of veteran unemployment.
  • Many vocations, especially military occupations, offer a great sense of purpose, pride, accomplishment, attention, and responsibility. After leaving the service, many veterans hunger for a feeling of community and connection. The workplace might be stressful, but there is no substitute for what employment give in terms of structure, support, and significance, especially for the mentally vulnerable.
  • The anxiety and stress involved in searching for a job can often lead to depression, especially when people have been unemployed for six months or longer. A study revealed that being unemployed is associated with a two to the threefold increased relative risk of death by suicide compared to being employed.

Australian veterans fought through emotionally, physically, and spiritually trying situations for months and years. They went home with the hope of a new beginning, new chances, and a chance to put the past behind them. Unfortunately, many of these veteran employment services struggled with the adjustment, and a large number of them fell into the trap of long-term unemployment.

Community Involvement Solutions (CIS), is a registered charity providing veteran employment services which offer relief from poverty, economic disadvantage, and mental and emotional anguish, via education and training. We assist individuals to improve their position by implementing holistic programmes that achieve significant change in collaboration with Veteran and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.