Boeing Defence Australia honoured by Prime Minister’s prestigious Veterans’ awards
- Veterans' Employer of the Year – Large Business category, 2018
CANBERRA, Australia, March 29, 2018 - Reflecting The Boeing Company’s global commitment to the support and recruitment of veterans, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) was honoured to receive the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment award for Veterans’ Employer of the Year – Large Business during a ceremony held in Canberra last night.
The award recognises Boeing’s strong track record of employing and valuing the military skills and contributions of former service personnel including those of Kathryn Burr, a former Royal Australian Navy engineer, now a chief engineer at BDA who was also nominated as a finalist for Veteran Employee of the Year.
Boeing Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific president Maureen Dougherty said the company devotes significant resources to the recruitment, retention and support of veterans as they transition to a life out of uniform.
“The values veterans bring from their time in the services such as professionalism, loyalty, courage and integrity are highly prized at Boeing – they intrinsically align with our own,” said Dougherty.
BDA vice president and managing director Darren Edwards said veterans’ devotion to teamwork, managing complex tasks and clear critical thinking made them an integral part of Boeing’s global workforce.
“We hope that those who protect and defend the Commonwealth today see how their skills and talents transfer to the private sector should they choose to make that transition – and that any organisation is lucky to have them,” said Edwards.
Presenting the awards, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that veterans have impressive résumés, they’re motivated, resilient and proven problem solvers.
“We’re celebrating the organisations across Australia who are going that extra mile to employ or support our veterans – organisations that recognise the remarkable benefits of having veterans as employees,” said Turnbull.
The Boeing Company employs approximately 20,000 veterans globally – representing more than 15 percent of the company’s total workforce. In Australia, veterans make up more than 20 percent of the 2000-plus employees at its two Defence subsidiaries: Boeing Defence Australia and Insitu Pacific.
As part of the company’s global commitment to veterans and their families, Boeing will provide nearly $1M over two years to support Australian veterans’ organisations and initiatives including Legacy, Soldier On and most recently announced, the Invictus Games.
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