In Australia, between 5,500 and 6,000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members leave the military each year. Unfortunately 30.2% of these veterans are unemployed, and 19% underemployment according to the Department of Veterans' Affairs Transition Taskforce, highlighting the difficulty veterans face in finding meaningful civilian employment. A key reason for this is the disconnect between translating military experience into a corporate setting, and a misconception of the value veterans can bring to the workforce.
We experienced this challenge first hand when one of our veteran candidates was represented pro bono to over 22 separate companies unsuccessfully due to a lack of non-military experience. For example, if a veteran wanted to obtain an ICT Service Desk Analyst role, they were often overlooked because of their limited experience, despite their attitude, aptitude and work ethic. Unless a veteran had worked extensively in IT in the military, they did not have the pathway to enter into this industry.
There was also a disconnect between the perception of a veteran employee and the diversity they could actually bring to an organisation. Many employers we spoke to, did not understand the complexities associated with military life including the need to be adaptable, fast thinking, resilient and determined. Their military experience was perceived to be substantially different to a civilian career, despite the fact that the ADF has a similar structure to a large corporate organisation, possessing administration, IT, legal and WHS divisions. This perception was compounded by the lack of formally recognised qualifications ADF members receive while operating in the military.
At the same time, the veterans we worked with were struggling to translate their military experience into their CV and during job interviews. For many veterans, they still wanted to serve their country and protect Australia, but did not know what civilian pathways existed. As a security cleared recruitment company and a signatory to the Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Program, we were frustrated with these challenges in finding meaningful employment for veterans and so we created the WorkPath Australia (WPA) Program to overcome this.
WPA is an award winning program designed to increase veterans' access to ICT and cyber employment pathways. The WPA program enables veterans to seamlessly transition out of the military by organising free ICT traning courses for participants with Registered Training Providers (RTOs). This program is allowing veterans to utilise their ADF skills to further assist Defence in a civilian and corporate setting.
The aim of WPA is to increase veteran's inclusion in the workplace, including equality of opportunities for them and highlighting the diverse values they can bring to civilian employers. To achieve this, our program uses a structured plan for increasing workforce diversity by working with employment partner's HR, Talent and Project teams to develop roles which are mapped to ADF experiences.
This enables us to work proactively with WPA participants up to 24 months out from their discharge and organise formal qualifications for them. A recent example of this was creating an ICT Systems Administrator role with a multinational company which has modified to match the experience and skills of an ADF Information Systems Technician. To increase positive outcomes within our program, we work closely with veterans to identify their strengths and weaknesses and what they would like to achieve in their civilian career. We then match this with our employment partners values and corporate culture to ensure a synergistic relationship.
For example, WPA has assisted transitioning veterans in obtaining an ITIL v4 certification and gaining employment in Service Desk Analyst roles with the Australian Signals Directorate. The WPA program has enabled our team to make a tangible difference to the lives of veterans, including giving some participants 'a purpose' through the establishment of career goals and a pathway to achieve civilian career success.
Program 4 Key Steps Step 1
The WPA team will work with you to identify your interests, strengths and establish the opportunities and organisations you want to work for and are aligned to. A dedicated Program Success manager will help you navigate your ADF transition up to 24 months from discharge.
Once a meaningful employment pathway for you has been identified, we guide you through the assessment and interview process and any specific security clearance requirements with the WPA partner. If successful, you will receive a Conditional Letter of Offer, outlining the requirements for you to successfully join the organisation.
You commence your pathway towards meaningful employment. Any training, certification and security clearance requirements outlined in your job offer must be completed prior to joining the organisation.
Upon meeting your employment conditions, you commence transitioning from the Australia Defence Force or current employer and begin your exciting new career!
Ensure a seamless transition from the ADF into meaningful employment
Utilise your security clearance and transition into aligned industries
Find meaningful corporate and government employment pathways
Enhance and adapt your existing skills to new enviroments
Identify the right training programs for your new career
Access our extensive professional network
Ongoing support throughout the program
Join veteran-friendly employers
Vertical Scope Group are excited to have the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, Red Hat, join our award winning WorkPath Australia program as one of our premier ‘employment partners’.
“We appreciate the support Red Hat have shown us and our veteran community. This partnership has created multiple WorkPath employment pathways for veterans to receive fully paid for training and certifications, then successfully transition and join the amazing Red Hat.”
David Jam – Vertical Scope Group - CEO
“This strategic collaboration between WorkPath and Red Hat aims to provide veterans with dedicated ICT employment pathways, solving a common, security-cleared workforce challenge that many Australian companies face.
There is a strong alignment between Red Hat’s commitment to building a better foundation for the future of IT using the principles of open source, and WorkPath’s aim of preparing the people of today for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Max McLaren - Red Hat ANZ - Regional Vice President and General Manager
VSG have partnered with Churchill Education to offer our WorkPath Australia participants access to nationally recognised qualifications. Since 2006 Churchill has been assisting transitioning veterans to convert their military experience into civilian qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
International Institute of Business Analysis
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is a leading global provider of ICT< cuber security and Business Analyst certifications. VSG have partnered with the IIBA to provide participants with access to the latest certifications and exams to be fit for purpose for employment opportunities.
ILX Group have assisted us with organising training and bespoke solutions for our employees and contractor personnel. ILX deliver ICT and cyber training to people in 97 countries across 5000 organisations world-wide and has offices in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA and the United Arab Emirates.
Pro Leaders Academy
VSG have partnered with Pro Leaders Academy, who are an Australian Registered Training Organisation and a leader in government procurement, contract management project management, business management and leadership development with over 30 years of professional training and consultancy experience.
VSG has partnered with Transformed, Australia's leading Registered Training Organisation that specialises in delivering nationally recognised, world-class training and accreditations.
The Rogers Group
The Rogers Group and VSG's provider of personnel assessments, psychometric testing and selection services. They offer the broadest range of psychometric tests available, backed by a tailored consultation approach that is second to none.
$1,000 TS PV Veteran Referral
VSG are a network focused business who strive to attract the best available talent in the market. We want to actively encourage and reward our network for referring in demand, high calibre, and TS PV veteran candidates to us so if you know someone who needs our assistance, could fill one of our live jobs or is simply exceptional, please refer them to us and you may be eligible to receive our referral bonus.
if you refer them and they are successfully placed, you will receive a generous $1,000 EFTPOS Gift Card.
Royal Australian Navy - Communications Information Systems Sailor
WorkPath Australia Pariticipant - Deloitte Cyber Pathway
“Vertical Scope Group are elevated in comparison among other recruitment companies with their inclusion of the WorkPath Australia program. This program has been extremely beneficial towards members in a transition period of their respective careers.
Their proactive approach of working with people throughout their journey and assistance with professional training and development, will cement them as my advocate throughout my new career. Unlike other recruitment companies, their program focused on assessing what I wanted to achieve and the fastest, most efficient process forward. This is a winning strategy as it works with the members strengths and tailors the experience level needed for each role.
As part of the program, the CEO David Jam had several extensive phone calls with me to understand what types of jobs I wanted to do and how I could leverage my ADF experience in a corporate setting. David went out of his way on many occasions to ensure I was at no point in any stress relating to what can be at many times a daunting wall to hurdle, whilst ensuring expedient and concise updates for every step of the process. This included regular phone calls, as well as messages, fully understanding my inability to take calls at some times of the day.
The result was joining the WorkPath Australia Employment Program which has put me on a pathway to becoming entrenched towards a new career in the IT/Security world. Throughout this process, Vertical Scope Group have paid for me to undertake formal qualifications and ICT training and have invested in my future development. The Vertical Scope Group team continue to respond quickly to my messages, and I stay in contact with them on a regular basis to keep everyone updated.
Thank you team, and I look forward to a long and healthy professional relationship with your group.”
“The WorkPath Australia program offered by Vertical Scope Group greatly sets VSG not only aside but well above other recruitment agencies. I was first exposed to VSG and the WorkPath Australia program through a LinkedIn advertisement. In essence, VSG were offering pathways to not only gainful employment but fruitful careers to veterans within areas in which they would be able to not only harness their military experience but gain qualifications within the technical space as well. In essence, Vertical Scope Groups focus is not on jobs but rather assisting veterans in their establishment of fulfilling careers upon leaving their service.
Within approximately four hours of expressing my interest, I received a phone call from the VSG CEO, David Jam introducing himself and highlighting opportunities for employment as well as options for career pathways and progression in addition to focus areas to enhance qualifications to achieve career goals. Within a fortnight of our first phone call, David and his team at VSG had arranged an interview with a client within the Government as part of a provision of services. Upon the successful outcome of the interview stage, David was in frequent contact with me regarding the nature of the role I would going into and providing me with guidance on how to best prepare.
It is my personal aspiration to move into the realm of Cyber Threat Analysis and David and the wider VSG organisation have been very accommodating in the sense they have allocated a budget for training and have been in frequent contact regarding my career goals. I have also been provided many options and models on what sort of career progression path I could follow. In short, Vertical Scope group have demonstrated from the moment | expressed my interest in the WorkPath Australia Program that they are interested in my future career development and my personal wellbeing within VSG and the client within Government."