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Raytheon and Invictus Games Sydney 2018 have announced a partnership that that further builds on Raytheon’s commitment to champion support for former military personnel.

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel. The Games highlight the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.

The fourth Invictus Games will be held in Sydney and will welcome 500 competitors from 18 nations who will compete in 11 adaptive sports supported by 1,000 members of their family and friends.

We are incredibly proud to support the Invictus Games and help to create a legacy of ongoing support for Australia’s veterans,” said Michael Ward, Managing Director of Raytheon Australia.

"We are grateful to have Raytheon join with us on our journey to Invictus Games Sydney 2018 presented by Jaguar Land Rover. With more than 35% of their workforce made up by former ADF members in Australia, Raytheon has long been a champion for veteran’s employment,” said Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games Sydney 2018. “Together we share this purpose and the partnership that we announce today will ensure the Games have an enduring impact and legacy for former military personnel well beyond October 2018.”

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Maris Payne said that the Invictus Games were a powerful opportunity to recognise our wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel.

“As major suppliers to the Australian Defence Force, industry is in a unique position to acknowledge the broader military community in which it operates, and the service of the men and women of the ADF. That is why last year I called on all of Defence industry to support the Invictus Games in Sydney and today I thank and commend Raytheon for responding to this important cause and stepping up in this way.”

Raytheon Australia has been announced as a finalist for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards in the Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans category.

Prime Minister's Veterans' Employment Awards

Raytheon Australia has been announced as a finalist for the inaugural Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards in the Leadership in Recruitment of Veterans category.

In September 2017, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs opened nominations for these awards that seek to recognise and celebrate Australian businesses that support and employ veterans and ADF spouses, as well as veterans who are making a significant contribution to their workplace.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognised in this way,” said Michael Ward, Managing Director of Raytheon Australia. “We recognise that supporting our nation’s veterans and honouring their contribution to the national security of our country is a responsibility that belongs to us all, particularly during the period of transitioning from service to civilian life.”

“These brave men and women need our support as they transition into civilian life. This is why we are so focussed on supporting veteran employment initiatives like the Veteran Employment Symposium, which will take place during the lead up to the Invictus Games.”

Raytheon Australia has a number of veteran outreach initiatives, which includes support for organisations like Soldier On; the creation of Australia’s first industry-led Veteran Career Translator; and participation in the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Program.

Supporting The Reintegration Of Our Nation's Veterans

Soldier On

Supporting our nation’s veterans and honouring their contribution to the national security of our country is a responsibility that belongs to all of us, particularly during the period of transitioning from service to civilian life. To cement Raytheon Australia’s commitment, in 2016 we initiated a three-year, $150,000 partnership with Soldier On, one of Australia’s leading veteran support organisations.

This commitment provides funding for Soldier On’s Canberra based Veteran and Family Support Officer, who is at the frontline of helping contemporary veterans and their families access social connectedness activities, training, education, and job programs.

In 2017, we expanded our support and committed a further $125,000 over three years to provide workforce transition services and support to the Veteran and Family Support Officer currently assisting veterans and their families across South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

These officers interact and support with more than 1000 veterans every year, making them a valuable resource to help achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history.

In late 2016 Raytheon Australia also joined the Soldier On employment pledge community – guaranteeing all veterans and their partners/spouses an interview for any Raytheon role for which they meet the selection criteria.

In addition to the corporate support provided by the company, our employees are also passionate about supporting those that have served and sacrificed for our country. Employees participate in a range of fundraisers and workplace events to raise further funds for this cause.

Our partnership with Soldier On helps ensure veterans and their families have the tools and resources they need to continue their careers after their days of active service come to an end.

Veteran Career Translator

As a company who appreciates the skills and experience of former ADF members, we have worked to create Australia’s first industry led Veteran Career Translator as a way to help serving and ex-serving military personnel understand how their military service can translate across to civilian life. This tool is a starting point to identify civilian roles that might be suitable when members of the ADF decide it is time to turn their military experience into private sector expertise.

The Veteran Career Translator was created to address the difficulty of translating military experience into civilian language. We have continued our partnership with Soldier On for this initiative, with the organisation providing additional resume and skills translation services.

Defence Force Support

Raytheon Australia continues to support the mission of the Australian Defence Force through sponsorship of numerous awards and prizes presented at Defence colleges around the country. These include:

  • The Raytheon Australia award, presented to the graduate who places first in the Defence and Strategic Studies Essay at the Royal Military College Duntroon;
  • The E.S Cunningham Prize, presented to the New Entry Officer who demonstrates outstanding leadership, officer-like qualities, and good influence amongst colleagues on course at the Royal Australian Naval College; and
  • The Raytheon Australia Sword of Excellence, presented annually to the dux of the Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine Warfare Officers Course.

As a sponsor for over ten years, these awards demonstrate our trusted partnership with our customer and our commitment to the education of our next generation of service personnel.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education

Training and knowledge are critically important in today’s business environment. This is also true of the next generation preparing to enter the workforce. Each year, Raytheon invests in programs to help encourage and develop valuable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills that can create sustainable careers for future innovators.

Around 75 per cent of the fastest-growing global industries require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths, and we are acutely aware of the need to motivate young people to continue their studies in these areas to develop the necessary workforce skills for the nation’s future.

In 2017, Raytheon celebrates a decade of partnership with Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre – a decade of working together to create interactive experiences that engage primary and secondary school students in a journey of lifelong learning in STEM.

To mark this momentous occasion, Raytheon and Questacon have announced a new program to deliver classroom engineering workshops to primary school teachers.

Developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, Engineering is Elementary has been a highly successful STEM initiative in the United States and Raytheon will be supporting Questacon in delivering a pilot of the program to Australian schools. The Australian Engineering is Elementary program will provide teachers with a framework to deliver content aligned with the Australian Curriculum that engages teachers using hands-on problem solving through engineering solutions. To find out more click here.

Raytheon is committed to delivering real outcomes in STEM education and ensuring the nation’s future workforce has the skills they need to be successful.

As an extension of the company’s support for STEM education, Raytheon also partners with Playford International College in Adelaide, South Australia to provide the ‘Innovation in STEM’ scholarship. Awarded to a student in Years 8 to 10 who has shown drive, initiative and interest in STEM disciplines, this scholarship reaffirms the value next generation scientists and engineers will play in sustaining industry and national security.