Helping ACT employers to connect with veterans.

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ACT Government


Event Management



Connecting high skilled and valuable veterans with potential employers

Each year around 5,000 Australians leave the Australian defence force. These Veterans have valuable skills that are in high-demand, and often find it challenging to engage with the civilian workforce when seeking employment. Providing a clear pathway from their career in Defence to Canberra’s Defence Industry organisations was identified as a way to ease the recruitment pressure facing Canberra’s defence sector.

The ACT Government engaged Pragma to run a Defence Industry Event to connect Defence Industry employers with Veteran candidates. We developed a high-level engagement strategy to maximise attendance and exposure for relevant attendees.  Detailed planning and the development of a range of products, including marketing material, social media creative and government briefing packs, ensured the smooth running of the event.

Pragma worked with Ironside Recruitment focused on creating a bespoke and targeted event to offer the most benefit to attendees.  The evening included both unstructured networking as well as at least three speed-interviews for interested candidates with business offering active job opportunities.

Industry and veterans come together

18 Defence Industry business representatives attended the event, with over 30 active job vacancies. 58 Veterans looking for the next step in their career had the opportunity to speak with businesses that were seeking their specific skills and experience. 7 job offers were made as a result after the event, with more expected over the coming months.

The benefits of the event exceeded beyond job opportunities and filling skills gaps in the Defence Industry. The event provided networking opportunities for Veterans, Defence Industry organisations, Defence and Government leaders and a valuable learning experience for all those in attendance.

“This was my first vets career connect event, and I learnt so much! It was such a fantastic evening and provided endless opportunities to network and discover career pathways!!” – Veteran Candidate.

“A big thank you for organising and hosting the Veterans Careers Connect event at UNSW last night. What a wonderful event and great opportunity to meet so many highly talented Veterans” – Defence Industry Organisation.

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