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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
14 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 RAN Supply School The difficulty with moving around the Supply School at speed is that you are often stopped in your tracks to stare at the faces in the many photos from the many courses that have passed through the Supply School over the years. After completing back to back sea postings with limited exposure to Supply Officers I am now surrounded by the photos of Supply Officers past and present and have the privilege of meeting the newest of our branch as they begin their journey. Lets hope that they can look back without cringing at the various hair styles or lack there of in the years to come. It has now been 18 months since LCDR Crass left me for sunny Bahrain and OIC FLSE CAIRNS, I still think of him fondly when the wind whips through HMAS CERBERUS. Your Supply School like a ‘TAFE College’ – only better! As I move around the country on various road shows and for meetings it is probably not surprising that many Supply Officers, long separated from exposure to the training system, are not aware that the Supply School is now like a TAFE College. With acronyms like RTO and AQTF, likening the School to a TAFE College is the best way to describe us. We must have version controlled curriculum with auditable learning outcomes and assessment criteria. We are audited by authorities external to Defence to ensure that our practices are in accordance with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and to retain its status as a Registered Training Organisation. The school has this month completed only its second external audit in its history as an RTO and it has retained its status subject to some areas which need attention. To put it in fleet terms, Standard Achieved with one major and some minor deficiencies. We will be focusing on these in 2009 while we also undertake a review of the courses by the Accreditation Cell in Canberra. It is our status as an RTO and our well documented training continuum which maintains the integrity of any qualifications awarded for our SN’s and WTRs. This is why it is so important that you take your responsibility as a Work Place Assessor so seriously. To allow a sailor/officer to breeze through a competency will eventually demean the qualification in the eyes of our civilian counterparts. The BIG Three! One of the challenges in being a ‘TAFE College’ is that we must teach approved curriculum. Instructors can not adopt any major changes in the fleet without first being advised by the Category Sponsor (ADNPR-SU) that we need to change our curriculum as a result to a change in the job description. Once advised in writing we must request a ‘target pilot’ from the Training Systems Faculty (TSF) who must then sign off on the learning outcomes, any new assessment and finally deem that change as being accepted into curriculum. The same process must occur for any changes to our Competency Logs. This process can take anywhere from 6 – 12 months from approval to implementation. Why do you need to know this? Hopefully it will prompt external organisations to remember to continually update the school as changes are made to the way our Supply Officers, Writers and SNs do business. If you want it taught at the school we need to be included in the introduction phase to ensure we can commence the correct paperwork and begin to plan how we will structure the lesson guides. It also means that we can ensure that the supporting computer system is approved for the DRN. BY LIEUTENANT CoMMANdER LoRINdA CARLIN, RAN This leads to the second and third challenges that the school faces as we strive to ensure that the training remains relevant and current. These two challenges include obtaining information to keep current and obtaining the computer systems in the school which are used by our Supply Officers and Sailors at sea. The re-introduction of the Quarterly Southern Cross Meetings is key to ensuring that information is shared between the relevant authorities. The attendees are ADNPR-SU, SSTG, CFLS, DLOG-N, DTA-LOG (SHF) and the Command Supply Officer. These meetings have proved useful in updating areas on their current priorities and is particularly useful to the School in maintaining currency. The constant emails and photocopies from Supply Officers and Deputies in the fleet units have also been appreciated and ensure that our resource packs are kept up to date. Please keep them coming. The third challenge is to obtain regular access to the systems used by our Supply Officers at sea. It is hoped that the New Year will bring training access to ADF Pay, Roman Store and Forward, CMS, SLIMS 2007 and SBA. Access to these systems will allow instructors to build classes based on the sea environment. Of course learning is also enhanced by actually becoming comfortable on the system and building reports. We will keep you posted on our progress. dSo (desig) 2/07 – 02 July – 17 August 2007 LEFT TO RIGHT: SBLT JON CORKER, LEUT MARK LUCKING, LEUT TONY GREEN, LEUT KIRSTIE GUNN-BROCKOFF, LCDR LORINDA CARLIN (OIC-SS), LEUT KERI RELF, LEUT DAvE CROSSLEY, LEUT DI MCARTHUR, LEUT MATT RYAN, LEUT ALARIC O’NEILL AND LEUT WAL BOWRING Staff The Supply School now has a capable 2IC in the guise of WOSN Karen Sellars who has a CERT Iv in Training. In addition to the role of CIO Naval Stores, WOSN Sellars now oversees the day to day running of the school, is Divisional Officer to all Staff and Junior Sailor Trainees while also acting as block manager to the female junior sailors. Her skills and qualifications in Analysis and Design are utilised for all courses in the Supply School including the Officer and Writer Training. She has been a strong asset to the Supply School since joining in March 2007 and of great assistance to myself since my arrival in Jun 07.