Ironside Recruitment has been in partnership with Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) for a number of years with the aim of opening doors for veterans into new careers in the Civil Construction Industry.  We are proud to work alongside another Australian business that understands the unique and diverse talent transitioning out of our defence forces. 

With the amount of infrastructure projects on the go around Victoria, CCF will be be hosting a Civil Cadedship Program Information Night in Geelong on Wednesday 16th January @ 5.45pm.

Full details attached in the link below including how to register. We hope to see you there!

CCF CSC Program Flyer - Veteran Information Night

Ironside Recruitment and Fortescue partner to deliver new Veteran Employment Program

Ironside Recruitment today announced a partnership with Fortescue which has led to new careers for 51 veterans across two sites in Australia’s Pilbara region. 

CEO of Ironside Recruitment, Glen Ferrarotto commented:

“Ironside Recruitment has worked with clients in this sector for quite some time, assisting them in finding the best technical talent as well as looking beyond the ‘hard skills’. The challenge has been awareness, since much of the population is not routinely exposed to the military or the extensive training and characteristics unique to our men and women of Service.

Our veterans spend up to 70% of their Defence Force life training and learning new skills which means employing them for attitude and training for the job cannot be a better strategy. They havean inherent understanding of safety, the ability to operate in complex environments, high levels of resilience and many veterans attain Nationally recognised Trade Qualifications. Together, with Fortescue we have been able to deliver one of Australia’s largest intakes of veterans into the mining industry”. 

The mining industry’s ongoing need to maximise productivity and profitability mean companies and particularly its HR professionals are tasked with developing strategies that ensure they retain the talent skills they require, while balancing shifting market conditions. Looking beyond the typical resource pool is and will become increasingly important. 

Linda O’Farrell, Fortescue’s Group Manager Fortescue People commented: "Building on their experience as heavy road transport auto-mechanics, the veterans participated in Fortescue’s Rapid Trades Upskilling program, a four week course allowing them to specialise inheavy mobile equipment mechanics and complete high risk work licences.”

Our veterans’ recruitment program has been extremely successful and we look forward towelcoming more members of the defence community to the Fortescue family,” Ms O’Farrell said.

In an effort to promote the benefits of employing former Defence Force personnel and building a strategic veteran workforce,  Ironside Recruitment co-hosted a panel discussion on Friday 30th November in Perth, WA.

"There is real strategic value in hiring ex-service personnel; they have the ability to increase productivity, satisfy capability gaps and therefore provide organisations with a competitive advantage. If you’re not including veterans in your own strategic workforce plan ask yourself the question, why not?” Mr. Ferrarotto said.


Read Full Press Release Here




Life after Military Service

Glen Ferrarotto's recent piece from the Australian Career Practitioner - an open and honest look at his own transition from Military service and how that now shapes his leadership of  Ironside and guiding Industry's journey when it comes to hiring veterans.

"How do we translate what it means to serve and how that meaning can deliver strategic advantages to an organisation? The answer is not simply a CV. 2 pieces of paper. The answer is partnerships. Partnerships created by specialist agencies like ours delivering an outcome for clients. Ironside Recruitment has been creating pathways to new civilian careers for veterans for 7 years now based on that exact theory. Our partnerships allow us to inform decision-makers, hiring staff and recruiters inside large and small business as to the skills, qualities, values and trainability of our veterans. We mitigate the value of those two pieces of paper and in doing so, we influence hiring strategy based on human interaction and capability not written text".

Read Glen's article here

Ironside Recruitment places 21 veterans into new Mining Careers

Today, another tranche of veterans start their new career in Australia's Mining sector through Ironside Recruitment's Partnership with FMG. 

21 veterans have been placed into roles across two sites in Australia’s Pilbara region - these first two tranches who have all joined FMG in the last 4 weeks, have been Heavy Road Transport qualified mechanics and an additional two Trade Trainers. We now turn our attention to Tranche’s III and IV. 

"FMG have shown commitment, drive and a very clear understanding as to why they are hiring ex-service personnel and because of that clarity, together we have been able to deliver one of Australia’s largest intakes of veterans into the Mining Industry”.

Read More on this exciting development here!

Media Release - Our recent work with FMG


Seven burning questions that might be on your own mind!

1. I have recently discharged or in the process of and would like to know what I do from here? Can you assist me? Head to our website support page and familiarise yourself with who we are and what we stand for. Then please Register with us and one of our team will be in contact. We do this 1:1, there are no lengthy forms to complete.

2. Once I register, what happens? You will receive a call from one of our team within 48 hours. We want to talk to you! you wont disappear into the database. Post this initial conversation our team will then be able to guide you on 'what happens next'.

3. Do you also assist defence spouses? 100% Yes. We've had some great outcomes whereby we've secure employment for the Serving Member and in the process identified opportunity for partners to de-risk the move if its been required. Simply ask your partner to register with us however always include a personnel email to: that way we'll know where the connection lies. 

4. Do you have roles available other than whats advertised on your website? Yes absolutely. This is why its critical to register with us and send in a copy of your CV. We have many roles on our Website / Facebook page but we also recruit for roles under the radar and in partnership with long term clients whereby we don't need a specific job opening to put you forward. We need visibility over you, your background and your current sit rep.

5. Can you assist me with my CV? Yes. We have a fantastic CV writer on our team who has extensive experience working with ex-service personnel and defence spouses on their CV's and Key Selection Criteria. If you would like assistance with CV Development email Glen on

6. Whats the best way to keep up to date on Job Openings and News/ Updates?  Follow us on Facebook and make sure you check in regularly on our website news. Also feel free to pick up the phone and check in with us 0488996040.

7. I'm really unsure as to what I want to do. To be honest I just need a job and fast? We are owned and operated by people who know what it means to serve. People who appreciate the value of your ADF service and who understand the choices and challenges you’ll face first hand. You wont find another recruiter out there like us. Whilst there are no guarantees that we will be the ones to find you that job, we will advocate pretty bloody hard on your behalf.
If you have any other questions please email us at
The ISR Team

THE LAST POST MAGAZINE: Lets not Forget today's veterans

Ironside Recruitment Executive Director and founder, Glen Ferrarotto, says today’s veterans are getting a raw deal compared with earlier counterparts. “Despite their many skills and attributes, former military personnel are sometimes unfairly marginalised and seen as difficult to employ” Mr Ferrarotto said. “It’s a stigma they shouldn’t have to face and runs contrary to the ‘debt of honour’ principle that guided previous generations.”

Read the Full Article here!

"Employment after Service" - Ironside talks to Fran Kelly from the ABC on the eve of Anzac Day

Recreating a Sense of Purpose in new careers, beating the perception on mental health issues and educating Australian Industry are some of the key areas Glen Ferrarotto touches on in his discussion with Frank Kelly.