Macquarie and Fortem to attract first responders into cyber security sector

Macquarie Government, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, has signed an agreement with Fortem Australia to become an Employment Partner, committing the company to recruitment and career transfer opportunities for first responders throughout Australia.

Founded in 2019, Fortem Australia supports the mental health and wellbeing of Aussie first responders and their families. The firm was co-founded by John Bale, also co-founder of Soldier On, a similar firm which supports career transition opportunities for Aussie veterans.

What is the purpose of the partnership?

The partnership will see Macquarie work with Fortem to reskill and recruit first responders into new careers, transitioning them into cyber-security, cloud, and data centre security roles to support Macquarie’s federal govt clients, with a focus on national security and defence ICT.

The firm will also develop and implement its own First Responder Recruitment Strategy, in partnership with Fortem, to identify opportunities for first responders within Macquarie Government. Through the partnership, Macquarie will work directly with Fortem to support training opportunities, resources, networking events and other initiatives to enable first responders looking to switch careers and join the cyber and data security sector.

The agreement comes following the Federal Government underscoring in the Budget the need for partnership with industry to tackle skills shortages in key industries. Cyber security is in need of a minimum of 17,000 new workers by 2026 according to AustCyber.

What does the partnership mean for Macquarie?

Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director at Macquarie Telecom Group

Macquarie Government Managing Director Aidan Tudehope says the partnership with Fortem will help to grow Australia’s sovereign cyber and defence talent to meet the Government’s cyber security agenda. “Australia needs to considerably increase its cyber posture. To deliver this we need, as a nation, to exponentially grow the available talent pool,” said Tudehope.

“The nature of cyber-security means we need to develop and nurture that talent through a sovereign lens – ensuring we have Australians learning and working to protect Aussie data.”  

“Australia’s first responders are among the best in the world. Many of them possess the analytical, investigative, problem-solving, and pattern-recognition skills necessary for success in cyber, defence technology and related industries. In many cases, they already have the essential security clearances needed to work with sensitive data,” Tudehope further added.

“We’re committed to continuing our goal of uplifting Australian sovereign capability in cyber security and ICT, and this important partnership with Fortem will help us in that effort.”

What does the partnership mean for Fortem Australia?

John Bale, Managing Director and Co-Founder at Fortem Australia

Fortem Australia Managing Director and Co-Founder John Bale said the partnership will help more first responder families make a smooth, supported transition into the next chapter of their careers. “We’re thrilled to welcome Macquarie to the Fortem family,” said Bale.

“Partnering with the right companies to enable career transition for first responders and their families is central to our mission to provide specialised wellbeing and mental fitness support to first responder families. Macquarie has long championed Australian jobs and skills development and is a leading company in an industry where there is close values alignment with and strong mutual benefits for first responders,” John Bale further commented.

The partnership follows Macquarie Telecom Group recently joining VMware’s Sovereign Cloud initiative, a further reflection of the company’s commitment to sovereign IT capability.