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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 15 Ran SuPPLY SCHooL ‘Confidence through Competence’ My first 18 months as Officer In Charge – Supply School (OIC – SS) have been focused on gaining approvals and building the structure of the new Officer, SN and WTR training Continuums. The new Supply Officer and SN courses were piloted in 2008; therefore, the focus of early 2009 will be to prepare the Intermediate and Advanced WTR Courses. The pilot courses should be in full swing as this edition goes to print. Apart from bedding down documentation and assessments in 2009 our main focus this year will be to continue to strive to have the systems we use at sea in the school. ‘Confidence through Competence’ is our catch cry for 2009 with a view to be able to train the full functionality of SLIMS 2007 and Bi Query (this accords with DTA-LOG’s goals that he articulated in the opening address of this Newsletter). Course feedback focuses on this topic as students need to be comfortable with the tools they will use at sea. Until that day, we need to rely on external agencies to assist with the training. The first combined Supply Officer/Deputy Supply Officer Designate course in 2009 is being conducted in HMAS ARUNTA and an agreement is currently being negotiated with the Communications School at CERBERUS to use their FISSO LAN Classroom for the remainder of the year for all Supply School Courses which will give us access to a ships image and data. The other big challenge for 2009 will include preparation for the rollout of the Small Business Accounting (SBA) replacement product and how that affects our Officer and Steward Courses; and the introduction of the Deployable Stores Inventory Management System (IMS). The first stage training associated with Deployables will be delivered to our Initial SN and SOAC trainees early in the second half of this year. SuPPLY oFFiCER aPPLiCation CouRSE uPdatE The Supply Officer Application Courses (SOAC) for 2009 commenced on the 16 March and will continue through to 11 December. During this time, two sessions will be conducted in which the restructured SOAC phases will be consolidated and further refined, to better meet the needs of all stakeholders. Training innovations piloted in 2008 will continue to feature this year including; partnerships with Defence Business Training Centre providers to deliver expert instruction in finance and accounting, accessing the latest Food Safety/Hygiene courses through Chisholm TAFE and an enhanced relationship with the Engineering Faculty skilling trainees in the configuration/technical regulation spheres. In July and December this year the first ‘PQ’ boards will sit to assess and evaluate the extent of knowledge and skills Assistant Supply Officers (ASOs) have developed during their sea phase of training. The board concept implemented now aligns Supply (SU) with other Primary Qualifications (PQs) and will augment theoretical instruction during the residential phase. dEPutY SuPPLY oFFiCER dESiGnatE uPdatE Now that the SOAC Course is bedded down and has become ‘Business as Usual’, it is time to focus on the Deputy Supply Officer Designate (DSO Desig) course which is scheduled for Pilot in August 2009. To conduct the pilot the revised Duty Statement of the DSOs needs to be endorsed by ADNPR (SU) and ultimately Fleet HQ. The aim is to have these approvals by the end of March 2009 (hopefully this is achieved by the time you read this Newsletter). Noting the changes to SOAC training and the extensive Service Funds and Finance Training the SOACs receive in line with their ASO Duty Statement, the DSO Desig Course will consist of revision in these areas and will then focus extensively on Material and Departmental Management to prepare them to take over as Deputy Head of Department (HOD). The course will be assessable in these two areas and those DSOs who do not receive a Standard Achieved in this Assessment, prior to leaving the school, will not be able to proceed to sea as a DSO. While attending DSO Desig the trainees will receive their Supply Charge Board Instructions, including a Supply Charge Road Map for preparation towards the Supply Charge Board (SCB). The SCB Instructions have now been dispatched to all DSOs and the new SCB questions are being rewritten in time for the first new format Board, which will be in May 2009. By LCDR L. Carlin RAN OIC SS SMN* ERIN FORREST, SMN* SAM LAWRENCE AND SMN* BEAU DENHARD AT HMAS CERBERUS DURING RITES OF PASSAGE ISN SESSION 38. naVaL StoRES When all here at Supply School took a deep breath at the thought of the RAP we also knew that when we stepped back into the school in 2009 we would have to hit the ground running yet again. And we were right. We were not only faced with the completion of the transition to the new training continuum, which began with a bang last year, but the requirement to align our courses and qualifications with a new training package. Training packages are updated every two years and we are now required to issue qualifications under TLI07, rather than TDT02……. Clear as mud to the untrained ??! More on that later. The first initial stores course for 2009 started on 27 Jan, with 10 trainees. Since the last course, it has been updated to align with the new training package. This first course, therefore, served as a pilot for the new curriculum and has received positive feedback. The intermediate course received excellent feedback last year and even more work has been done on it to better prepare our LSSN for sea and the role of SLIC. It is hoped that by the time you read this, we will have a fully functioning training system for SLIMS 2007 available to the school. This means we can train Bi-Query and all reporting and data interchange processes in a training environment. Although the pilot advanced course run late last year received positive comments, there is still some work to do before the next one in June. The content and delivery of the course is being re-developed and the course will be re-piloted when next delivered. A lot of the content of the SAO course has been pushed back into the advanced course to better prepare our senior stores sailors for a role as manager of the department. All CTJs have been reviewed and re-developed and should now be easier to follow and achieve. These have been aligned to the new training package and also contain tasks that are specific to Navy to ensure we are competent to do the job at the next rank. All CTJs are promotion pre-requisites and attract the civilian qualifications when complete.