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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
10 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 (1) Opportunities for enhanced simulation training in SHF courses, (2) Improving current SHF courses and training methods, and (3) Ensuring SHF training is in alignment with changing capability requirements. In this edition, the theme is thriving in a changing environment. The strategic focus of the SHF, as described above, is certainly relevant in regard to this theme. The introduction of NGN, the resource efficiencies required as part of SRP, and the shift in governance structures across the Fleet Headquarters organisation (both uniformed and civilian) including the training space under COMTRAIN, have all had exciting effects on the way logistic training is being considered, developed, and implemented across SHF. This is resulting in some innovative ways in how we approach the delivery of training, how we can be more efficient, and most importantly how we can maintain relevancy by keeping pace with changing capability requirements. Wherever possible, training is being streamlined for changing capability needs. Whilst there are certain competencies that need to be maintained for recognised civilian accreditation (e.g. Medics), or for pay level awards (e.g. the Advanced SN course), the overarching focus is on vocational requirements. No more evident is this than the streamlined Supply Officer's training continuum. The SOAC prepares the junior SU officer for a job afloat as the Finance/Service Funds manager. The DSO course is now heavily focussed on Naval Stores thereby allowing the person in this role onboard to be fully conversant with all aspects of material management. The SO Desig course now concentrates on overall departmental management and operational logistics as Head of the Supply department afloat. Below are some examples from across the different schools that further demonstrate how the training world is thriving in a changing environment:. RAN MEDICAL SCHOOL (MS) The MS is reviewing how courses are conducted across the medical training areas of FBW, HMAS PENGUIN, and HMAS CERBERUS. This is being done in response to guidance for reducing course times and saving training resources. Changes to the status of Division 2 (Certificate 4) civilian nursing qualifications from 01 Jul 10 are also driving reviews into how and what the MS delivers regarding BMA and AMA training. Consideration of how Army and Air Force have approached the same issues is being incorporated into the various solutions. This is consistent with achieving efficiencies wherever possible through common or joint-Service training. ADF DENTAL SCHOOL (ADFDS) Although the joint curricula of the dental courses delivered by the ADFDS are well established, current, and meeting capability requirements of all three Services, the changing face of health centres across the ADF will potentially greatly influence the future of dental training. Apart from closer governance relationships with the medical world, Army dentistry is undertaking a reform. As the Manager of Joint Training for the ADF, Navy is very interested in how these changes will manifest themselves and to what extent any changes will impact on the joint training curricula. RAN SUPPLY SCHOOL (SS) The SS has undergone a number of significant changes in the last 18 months to meet the needs of the changing environment. Every course run by the school has been subjected to review and has been redeveloped, some more than others. This was necessary to both update content and therefore relevance, but also to ensure that civilian accreditation competencies are still being met. Additionally, a lot of work has been done across both Naval Stores and Writers training to align where possible with new accreditation requirements and competencies in TAFEs. One of the most significant changes to the way the SS endeavours to meet the needs of the fleet is the introduction of a full time stores configured FISSO LAN, located at the Defence Force School of Signals at HMAS CERBERUS. The resources and means to instruct students are now available on a fully operational IMS systems (SLIMS 2007) and also the added bonus of Bi Query. CPOSN Ian de Boer, POSN Trent Richards, and before him POSN Matt Thompson have worked feverishly to produce a working SLIMS 2007 and Bi Query workbook to support this addition. This is the first time that our Naval Stores sailors have actually been able to receive practical training in the system prior to using it at sea. Simulation has been the push for Naval Stores training and this is certainly heading in the right direction. A trend in the fleet in recent times has been the increased need for high levels of visibility relating to corporate governance and reporting. Two prime examples are SRS and financial compliance reporting. SRS is nothing new; however the level of expectation about the core knowledge of sailors and officers regarding this subject has increased. Challenges abound. Whilst we are endeavouring to meet the requirement to cut the length of courses to the minimum possible, there is also an even greater requirement to ensure students are given the full knowledge necessary to meet governance visibility and reporting requirements. Increasing subject knowledge without increasing course times is necessitating careful and creative lesson planning. The reintroduction of transactional ADFPay training within the Supply School, following an extended absence of training on this core system, is great news for WTRs. In line with the SNs above, WTRs now have the opportunity to have practical instruction in the system before actually being required to use it in the fleet. Additionally, as part of the newly developed WTRs courses BY CMDR ROLAND VAN GEELEN, RAN Supply and Health Faculty In the Autumn 2009 edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter the strategic focus of the Supply Health Faculty (SHF) was outlined in relation to three goals. They were: