Ironside Recruitment and Executive Risk Solutions (ERS) hosted a working lunch in Perth on 11th August, with the aim of engaging Industry in the future development of Veteran Employment Programs.

Having held positions in the Private Sector following a 10 year career in the Army, Glen Ferrarotto founded Ironside Defence & Mining; providing Business Development Services across Defence, Law Enforcement, Government and the Resources Sectors. After working in partnership with Defence and Industry and driven by a desire to translate the unique experiences and skills of veterans, led to the conception of Ironside Recruitment in 2012.

Ironside Recruitment is now Australasia’s most trusted employment agency for service men and women transitioning into new civilian careers.

ERS was founded in 2008 by Scott Houston Ex SAS Soldier. ERS is a highly dedicated Perth-based company that provides its clients with solutions across the full scope of emergency, security, and health services that are complemented by a suite of specialised consulting services in its expanding field of operations. ERS was awarded the Telstra Australian Business of the Year in 2015, and the W.A Business Rising Star in 2014.

The lunch was a great success with many Corporate Affairs and Human Resources representatives from the Mining, Oil and Gas sectors attending.

The Honourable Sean L’Estrange, Minister for Mines and Petroleum joined us along with 40 Industry professionals to discuss veteran transition. The Minister shared his own personal experience transitioning and his desire to see more private and public organisations employing returned service men and women. Mr L’Estrange reinforced this support in his August Newsletter ”we should recognise that the depth and breadth of their skills, their outstanding work ethic, and the fact that they are used to being pushed out of their comfort zone make them excellent employees”.

During the lunch participants were asked to share their opinion on the benefits and barriers that companies perceive when employing Ex-Army personnel. While the authoritarian leadership is one of the aspects that was perceived, the participants had a lot to say about the advantages of employing service men and women. These included:

  • the structure and discipline of ex-service men and women
  • their broad skills and practical life experience and
  • their ability to identify risk and make quick decisions.

Returned service men and women ingrained attributes from the military ethos “Loyalty, Responsibility and Commitment” and this was undeniably recognised at the lunch yesterday.

ERS and the Ironside team will continue to work to formalise a program for the Resources Sector that facilitates veteran’s transition into the civilian workplace.

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please contact Ironside Recruitment on or ERS