Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large

Rheinmetall Defence Australia is a major Defence company with operations across Australia and New Zealand, delivering specialist Defence capability to both the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia’s Veteran Engagement Program (VEP) offers a flexible approach to individuals transitioning from Defence including who may have suffered injuries as a result of service. The main objective is to demystify the civilian workforce and place individuals into roles they are interested in and can sustain to build career pathways should they have injuries or issues with the transition phase.

Rheinmetall sees veterans for their values and abilities rather than their injuries or limited civilian workforce experience. Veterans now make up almost 30 per cent of Rheinmetall’s workforce.

When placing a veteran into the program, the combined Rheinmetall workforce is committed to providing a meaningful and unique experience that is responsive to the individual veteran’s needs, ambitions and aspirations. This is evidenced by the success of the program, where all veterans who have completed the program and had the ambition to secure employment have done so, including several participants that are now Rheinmetall employees.

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