Veteran Liaison


Wodonga TAFE services for Veterans

 

Veteran Liaison Officer

Wodonga TAFE is proud to offer the services of a Veteran Liaison Officer (VLO) as part of the Recognition of  Prior Learning for Veterans Pilot program.

Our VLO has knowledge and experience of Defence doctrine, training, and transition processes. The VLO has a previous deployment history and after 17 years of service, understands the challenges associated with your transition to civilian employment.

If you are transitioning out of defence or just looking to broaden your education, your Victorian TAFE VLO can assist you. Your VLO will be your single point of contact for you and your family to support any training or further education that you are looking for.

Your VLO will have a direct line of sight for interpretation of your training records. With a current security clearance, you can rest easy that only information required will be divulged. We’ll connect you to subject matter experts within our organisation to support your application and ambitions.

For more information and/or any enquiries please email vlo@wodongatafe.edu.au

 

Veteran Skills Recognition program

Our VLO can offer their support, lived experience and guidance on the best approach to translate the knowledge and experience you have gained in Defence into a current qualification or complete units towards a qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning process.

The VLO will be your conduit between the education departments of Wodonga TAFE and you to ensure that your unique experience is understood along with how your documents provide the evidence. With experience in VET training the VLO understand what the assessor needs and how you can provide the evidence and demonstrate your knowledge.

Specialist Services

We deliver practical, industry-relevant training across a range of industries from entry-level certificates to diplomas. With our partnerships, we can support you through pathways to higher education. With a strong connection to Defence with our contracted training delivery, Wodonga TAFE understands the unique experience and training that Defence members have gained.

The VLO can also assist in supporting the families of veterans or current serving spouses to develop their own career pathways. The VLO understands the complexity of Military life and the barriers that can be faced by posting cycles and managing family life. With Wodonga TAFE’s on-campus childcare facility, we can help you get into the workforce sooner.

We have direct connections to the Australian Government, Australian Defence Force (ADF), External Support Organisations (ESO), ADF Transition Cell (ADFTC), Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and ADF Reserves. The VLO has a current Defence Common Access Card and visits sites to assist members at Latchford, Bandiana, and Gaza Ridge Barracks as well as willing to travel to other Victorian bases to ensure you succeed in your goals.

Program funding

As part of your skills recognition, understanding, interpreting and recognition of your prior Defence training and experience is paramount. Our VLO can offer guidance and discuss any knowledge gaps with assistance from career councillors. To help with this and demonstrate that Veteran skills are sought after, the program is funded to complete up to twenty scholarships for Veterans that enrol.

With access and understanding of the financial assistance available through DVA or your Defence Force Transition Program finding the best path for you to gain new skills and knowledge to broaden your employment options is as easy as connecting with the VLOs network of ESOs and support elements.

Concession fees

Ex-Defence Force personnel who hold a Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) Gold card, or the Victorian Veterans card may be eligible for concession fees for TAFE courses. This means that Veterans (if included on the DVA card) may be able to retrain or upgrade their existing skills with Wodonga TAFE.


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Veterans and Families

Wodonga TAFE acknowledges its partnership with the Australian Defence Force and is committed to working with Australian Defence Veterans to connect and increase their participation in education and employment to ensure they are an active and valued part of our community. We have established a Veterans and Families working group to ensure we action our plans and initiatives within our Veterans and Families Strategy.

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