Executive Risk Solutions (ERS) and Ironside Recruitment hosted a working lunch yesterday in Perth, about supporting those who support the nation.

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.

Ironside Recruitment is Australasia’s most trusted employment agency for servicemen and women. Having held positions in the Private Sector following a 12 year career in the Army, Glen Ferrarotto founded Ironside Defence & Mining providing Business Development Services across Defence, Law Enforcement, Government Agencies and the Resources Sector. Ironside Recruitment creates and secures employment pathways for men and women from all Services backgrounds, to organisations seeking the highest quality leaders and employees.

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

The Honourable Sean L’Estrange, Minister for Mines and Petroleum joined us along with 40 other Industry professionals to discuss Veterans 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 is very passionate about helping service personnel and has been showing his ongoing support, notably in his Autumn Newsletter where he reinforced that ” 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. The key benefits that were identified during the discussion were 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.

Tim Curtis ERS Director for International Services, Amanda Williamson Superintendent for the Operations Response Division at DFES, and Gilbert Moore Maintenance Improvement Analyst at Fortescue Metals Group, also shared their own experience with transitioning into the corporate, government and mining world.

The ERS and Ironside team have taken all the feedback on board and will now work in formalising a program that facilitates people’s transition into the civilian world; and also assisting organisations with employing those who supports the nation.

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, or if you would like to make a difference and be part of our working group, please do not hesitate to contact us info@executiverisksolutions.com.au

Scott and Glen are very pleased with the turn out and outcome of the event, and are very excited to cooperate with other companies on this socially responsible project.

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