NSW offering free training for veterans

By Shannon Jenkins

May 31, 2021

Gladys Berejiklian
Gladys Berejiklian. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

The New South Wales government is offering veterans and their partners free training to help them build their skills and support their transition to civilian life.

The free training is part of a strategy to support more than 200,000 former Australian Defence Force personnel across NSW, according to Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“The NSW government understands it can be hard for some former Defence Force Personnel to navigate life and find work after their service,” she said on Monday.

“We want to ensure our veterans enjoy a smooth transition from military service to civilian life, with opportunities to continue developing their skills and participate fully in society.”

The Veterans Strategy recognises that ‘finding the right job or training is crucial for a rewarding civilian life’.

READ MORE: Government invites consultation on military-to-civilian transition

The state government’s Veterans Skills Program allows all ex-serving personnel and their partners to study any course offered under NSW’s Smart and Skilled program, delivered through more than 450 registered training organisations, including TAFE.

Skills minister Geoff Lee said Skills NSW was working with employers, industry and veterans groups to help veterans obtain employment.

“In addition to our fee-free training for veterans, our NSW Veterans Employment Program has helped 1,094 veterans find new and meaningful roles in the public sector 18 months ahead of our target date,” he said.

“With fee-free training, we can now help even more veterans re-skill in order to take advantage of jobs available in the market including in industries experiencing skills shortages.”

READ MORE: NSW government to pilot careers service


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