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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
11 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 an industry standard typing competency has been reintroduced, along with systems training in DRMS, ADFPAY, PMKeyS, and ROMAN. During the inaugural Intermediate Writer course a milestone was achieved following the successful trialling of the ROMAN Store and Forward training system on the DRN. Training on this core system at the Intermediate level, and also the SOAC level including a modified financial governance training package, will ensure that LSWTRs proceeding to sea will be more confident in one of their key roles afloat. The cross-pollination of instruction and information-sharing between schools and faculties is now more important than ever to ensure that the same message and information is being taught to all. The Supply Officer courses have always benefitted from the instruction of our SN/WTR/ Medic Senior Sailors, as they are our SMEs in these areas. However, lesser attention has been devoted in the past to ensuring that the instruction has also gone the other way. Cross-pollination on the SAO course regarding Supply Officer training, reporting requirements and general expectations has now been included; and this will soon extend to the Clinical Managers in the Medical School from March 2010. This is essential for the team to understand the requirements from both sides, and work from a common baseline of understanding. This is also occurring in our team-building with the engineers. The Supply School now instructs the EOAC officers in logistics, while Engineering Faculty at HMAS CERBERUS provides Risk Management training to the DSO Desig course. ADF SCHOOL OF CATERING (ADFSC) Critical examination of all courses in the ADFSC has been undertaken to ensure resource efficiencies can be gained, training times reduced, and current capability requirements are being met. The initial Cooks and Stewards courses have been fine-tuned and are firmly locked into the extant contract with Chisholm TAFE. The Intermediate Cook’s course has recently come under scrutiny and indications from all three Services are that it is not meeting training or capability requirements. To this end, as Manager of Joint Catering Training, the ADFSC will be conducting a workshop with Navy, Army and Air Force at the end of Mar 10 to pull the course apart and start from scratch to determine what the three Services require. This is being done to match current and future catering needs in the ADF taking into consideration any changes such as the introduction of LHDs and AWDs. The outcomes of this review will in turn shape the Advanced Cook’s course. Arguably, this could be the most important development this year at the ADFSC. SUMMARY In summary, thriving in a changing environment is a key focus of the SHF – ensuring that our personnel are provided with all the necessary training to meet their professional continuum requirements. Are we there yet? Not yet. But we are making big advances. With a continually changing and dynamic current environment, it is even more important that a constant, robust and relevant relationship exists with all agencies and areas with whom we interact, such as Fleet Headquarters, Category Sponsors and manpower planning, to ensure the changing environment is reflected in training to mould a more effective capability end product – our people. The Healthier Choice