Nillumbik Shire Council salutes army veteran

Published on 03 April 2018

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An army veteran who lives and works in Nillumbik has taken out a top award for his contribution in helping ex-service personnel find jobs outside of the military.

Glen Ferrarotto, founder and executive director of Ironside Recruitment, is the winner of the Prime Minister’s inaugural Veterans’ Employment Awards.

He received the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment at a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra recently. His company was also a finalist for excellence in supporting veteran employment.

And Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor Peter Clarke has congratulated Mr Ferrarotto for his ongoing work in placing ex-service men and women in jobs outside of the Australian Defence Force.

“This is a wonderful service. Too often we look at our ex-service personnel and see them only as a uniform. But we must also see them as teachers, bakers, managers or any number of other professions,” Cr Clarke said.

Mr Ferrarotto served two terms in Afghanistan and left the force 10 years later in 2008, aged 28.

He held down a couple of jobs, but realised the need to help veterans struggling to return to civilian life.

He started the company in 2012, and has found jobs for around 500 returned service men and women.

“While top brass tend to serve a lot longer, most of the ranks retire after between six to ten years," Mr Ferrarotto said.

“Putting on the uniform in the morning gives you a unique sense of purpose. It can be difficult to either find jobs or adjust to civilian life when you return. And that’s where we come in.”

Mr Ferrarotto is married with two little children and works from his Wattle Glen home.