ENTERPRISE FOR VETERANS
Adjusting to civilian life after the military is increasingly complex for the contemporary veteran and his/her family. Multiple deployment cycles, frequent relocations to remote areas, military culture, and physical or psychological injury can have a lasting and profound influence on an ADF family after transition, including loss of purpose, identity, community and confidence. These circumstances impact a veteran or family member’s capacity to secure employment, with higher rates of unemployment than the national average for both communities.
In our Defence Members portfolio, we assist veterans and their families with the confidence, enterprise skills and networks they need to thrive in the rapidly changing world of work and explore self-employment. Our program is underpinned by ten internationally recognised enterprise capabilities and is informed by emerging workforce trends.
Our Enterprise for Veterans program guided by an Advisory Council, Chaired by The Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).
"I, like many others, struggle with being identified as a Veteran as I did not see overseas active service in my 14 years in the Airforce. I do know that I committed a large chunk of my life to serving in the military, and it can be as scary as hell moving into the civilian world out of the safety net & especially going into business. It’s a completely different mindset! I met some amazing fellow servicemen & women who have inspired me, not to mention the creative way of thinking outside of the box!"
"Over a 34-year career in both the ADF and civilian worlds I have been on many training courses, but nothing compares to the high calibre of this program, starting with the initial communication and support, through content (including access to guests) and delivery."
“The support, experience and knowledge provided through this program is without question the difference between operating a highly successful business and potentially becoming one of the statistics. This is an opportunity you will not get anywhere else. It’s not just the course learnings – it’s the networks, the personal mentors with decades of business experience, and the support all the way through the program and post-program that really matter.”
"This course and the people who support it provide the most valuable experience available to anyone still serving or transitioning from Defence. I found my time in Melbourne at RMIT inspiring and I am excited by the prospect of life outside the Australian Defence Force.”
"There is nothing else like this opportunity in Australia. You can’t put a dollar value on the support and quality of the resources and facilitators that we had in this program - it’s incredible.”
“I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of starting a small business as a foundation platform to provide clear direction.”
“This is an exceptional opportunity for transitioning members who have the passion and ideas of pursuing self-employment. Not only does it provide the tools to start a business but introduces all participants to an extraordinary group of professionals from various industries who are willing to share their experiences.”
"Thank you for giving me the platform to be able to help guide others, many of whom also seemed quite lost in their current journey. It’s such a daunting prospect to go from such a secure bubble inside the ADF to the real world. It’s important to get the message out that initiatives such as this exist to help along the way."
“The program has been integral to our success. Formalising our business plan helped us grow our company in the last 18 months from three founding staff members to nearly 30 people today. The Prince’s Trust Australia was great because it gave us that network and heightened level of business expertise that was able to really push up forward.”
"It was a fantastic experience learning how to find and analyze business problems and create solutions before testing them. You can meet other like-minded veterans where you can forge new friendships and increase your own support networks" - Gary
"Amazing!!! Insightful, great practice for real-world challenges, safe & supportive, different, connecting, dynamic, encouraging, interesting and fun." - Natahsha
"Awesome opportunity to experience a frame of reference other than the usual Defence mindset. To challenge own assumptions and habits and awake to other opportunities and avenues. Clone it if you can! Immensely grateful to the trust and all involved for this unique opportunity." - Daryl
"Eye-opening, supportive and exciting." – John
If you're a veteran or ADF family member exploring your next career move, register for our free program here.
We'll be delivering fourteen boot camps across ten locations in 2020, including New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Are you a veteran or ADF family member looking for a business mentor? Join our virtual mentoring platform here.
Are you a mentor looking to support our community? Register your interest here.
"A transformative experience. The single best design thinking training I have done and a great launching pad for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.”
“Mind opening and mind altering!”
“One of the BEST professional development programs I have ever done!”
Feedback So Far
Responses from our 2019 Enterprise for Veterans reimagined immersive boot camps in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth
Frequently Asked Questions
We offer two entry points into the Enterprise for Veterans program. We are an equal opportunity and trauma-informed provider and welcome applications from individuals with physical injuries, mental illness or additional assistance.
For Discovery Workshops: Defence members in transition, veterans who have completed at least one day of permanent military service, and partners or spouses of defence members are welcome to apply on a rolling basis.
For Immersive Boot Camps: Defence members in transition, veterans who have completed at least one day of permanent military service, and partners or spouses of defence members are welcome to apply on a rolling basis.
Absolutely! We are strong advocates of lifelong learning and understand that your business journey is unique to you. If you would like to discuss your circumstances confidentially, please reach out to a member of our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending the program is free. Unfortunately, we're unable to cover travel and associated costs to attend the workshops or boot camps.
We endeavour to make the program as accessible as possible. Please email us if you would like to confidentially discuss your financial circumstances on email@example.com.
We welcome and encourage partners and family members to attend our Enterprise for Veterans workshops or boot camps, either for their own business venture and professional development, or to brush up on their business skills.
Our programs are great if you’re looking to build confidence to seek further employment, help your partner run a business, or set up a sole-trading or micro business.
Absolutely! We welcome attendees at all stages in their business journey! Our discovery workshops are designed to introduce you to key business skills, so we encourage you to apply if you’d like to explore an idea, interested in entrepreneurship, or looking to build your skills to seek future employment in an existing business.
Our immersive boot camps explore design thinking methodology and Lean Model Canvas through a service-learning approach. During the four days, participants are encouraged to apply their learning to their own personal or professional venture.
Whether you identify as an explorer, life-long learner, job seeker, entrepreneur, contractor, freelancer, consultant, social media influencer, or small business owner – our programs are designed to help build your skills and confidence to succeed on your own business journey!
If you’re unsure about which program is right for you, please email our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in our programs. Unfortunately, our programs are only on offer for defence members who have notified ADF of their expected transition, for veterans, or for family members of defence personnel. Please talk to a member of the team if you would like to discuss your circumstances on email@example.com.
All participants in our Enterprise for Veterans program have access to ongoing events, resources and networking opportunities. We’re also working hard behind the scenes on an online platform and peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities to help you on your business journey, so stay tuned!
Enterprise for Veterans is supported by an Advisory Council, chaired by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and includes:
- Major General Natasha Fox AM CSC – Head People Capability, Australian Defence Force
- Air Commodore Robert Brown AM – Chairman, A.D.F. Financial Services Consumer Centre
- Maree Sirois – National Convenor, Defence Families Australia
- Craig Fitzgerald – Director Operations, Aspen Medical
- Professor David Forbes PhD – Director, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
- Major General Gerard Fogarty AO (Ret'd) – Chief Executive, Defence Health
- Stephen Koss – Partner, Advisory, EY
- Sean Farrell - CEO, C-Level Services Pty Ltd
- Gary Hogan AM, CSC – Policy Officer (Defence), Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
- Robert Joske OAM – Founder and Managing Director, Joske Management