At Raytheon Australia, we look for opportunities where we can make a difference and have a lasting impact.
Supporting The Reintegration Of Our Nation's Veterans
Supporting our nation’s veterans and honouring their contribution to the national security of our country is a responsibility that belongs to us all. We understand and value the considerable talents that former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) offer to a workplace, and continually look for ways to assist our service men and women as they transition into the civilian workforce.
In 2016, Raytheon Australia initiated a three-year, $275,000 partnership commitment with Soldier On, one of Australia’s leading veteran support organisations.
Raytheon’s commitment to Soldier On has also funded the employment of two full time Veteran and Family Support Officers who are at the frontline of helping contemporary veterans and their families access social connectedness activities, training, education, and job programs.
During this time, these officers have been the first point of contact for more than 1000 ex-service families across South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT and the Northern Territory, making them a valuable national resource that supports the Soldier On aim to achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history.
In addition to the corporate support provided by the company, our employees also participate in a range of fundraisers and workplace events to raise further funds for Soldier On, with over $16,000 being donated by employees over the last two years in support of Soldier On’s ‘Host A BBQ’ campaign.
Veteran Career Translator
As a company who values our former ADF employees, we have worked to create Australia’s first 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 in identifying roles within the defence industry that might be suitable when members of the ADF decide it is time to turn their military experience into private sector expertise.
Raytheon Australia has again partnered with Soldier On for this initiative, with Soldier On providing additional resume and skills translation services. Following the use of the translator, veterans are strongly encouraged to apply for any relevant and existing Raytheon Australia vacancies through our careers site.
We have also partnered with Soldier On to support and promote their employment pledge. The benefit of this for ex-service men and women, and their partners, is a guaranteed interview for any role where their skills or experience aligns with the selection criteria.
Testimonials From Veteran Employees
Amy List - Head of Business Operations
Raytheon Australia's Head of Business Operations, Amy List began her career at Raytheon in 2009. Prior to this she was an Aeronautical Engineer in the Australian Defence Force. When it was time to transition from a military to a civilian career, Raytheon Australia helped her through this transition by allowing flexible working arrangements and providing an environment where values were shared.
"I had enjoyed 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Aeronautical Engineering Officer, and I really wasn’t sure how my skills and experience would be applicable in the defence industry. All I knew was that I wanted a career where I could still contribute to the Air Force, to work in an environment where my colleagues shared my values, and a role where my contribution, skills and experience were valued.
In Raytheon Australia, I found an employer that met all of these requirements. I immediately felt like I was part of the team. We had shared values, and they understood how my military experience was applicable and I was immediately able to deliver really meaningful work that drew on the skills I had built during my service. I also needed flexible working conditions to support my family, and I was supported in this every step of the way by my manager and the broader Raytheon team."
David Creagh - Strategy Director
After a 36 year career in the Australian Army in various roles the latest being a Military Attaché (Diplomat), David Creagh joined Raytheon Australia in June 2017 as our Strategy Director. Spending most of his adult life in the Australian Defence Force, David explained that his transition from a military to a civilian career through Raytheon Australia has been accommodating and welcoming.
“On joining the Raytheon team I appreciated the effort that was invested in matching my skills and experience to areas where I could contribute in a positive fashion. Raytheon Australia’s approach to my induction into the company – and its strategy led, values based approach – were familiar from the outset. Moreover, I was impressed with the flexible working arrangements and the obvious commitment to the ongoing development and professionalisation of the workforce”.
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 the trusted partnership we have 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.