• Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester at the awards ceremony. Credit: @DarrenChesterMP
    Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester at the awards ceremony. Credit: @DarrenChesterMP

Nine companies and individuals who have created employment opportunities and helped demonstrate the positive contribution veterans make to Australian workplaces have been honoured through the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards.

Around 5,500 members discharge from the ADF each year. Many of these men and women are of an age where they still have a long civilian career ahead of them. The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards are part of a broad program of activity aimed at raising employer awareness of the enormous value and unique experience of veterans.

The highest honour of Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment was awarded to Chris Mayfield, a third generation soldier who was discharged from the Army in January 2014, completing 26 years of distinguished service.

Mayfield was influential in establishing the Fortescue Metals Group recruitment and training program that has seen 54 veterans enter careers in mining. He played a pivotal role in assisting the business understand the opportunity of offering roles to veterans.

The award for Outstanding Employer of the Year went to BCT Solutions — also awarded the Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Medium — for its outstanding commitment to hiring veterans, with nearly 90 per cent of its workforce being former service men and women.

Winners in other categories included Ben Whitham of Penten as Veteran Enterpeneur of the Year; Jordan Ivone of PwC Australia as Veteran Employee of the Year; Ironside Recruitment for Excellence in Supporting Veterans’ Employment; Defence Bank for Excellence in Supporting Spouse Employment; Veterans in Construction for Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Small; and Boral Limited for Veterans’ Employer of the Year - Large.

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