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Maritime Logistics Community News : April 2014
17 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 2014 new instruction from day one of the course without going over old ground, which should already be assumed knowledge. QuickBooks Training The school realised quickly at the beginning of 2013 that there were many stewards and ML officers who did not hold the QB profiency. It was decided therefore that we would double the amount of QB training courses to be delivered in 2014. We also split the QB laptops into regions with laptops being held in situ in the West, Penguin and Cerberus. This allows us the flexibility to run courses in several places. It is our intention to replace these laptops in 2014, as they have not been upgraded since 2009. NOYOs and NEOCs The school is now responsible for ML trainees at ADFA for Single service training sessions (held twice a year in Nov and Jan) and for pre-ADFA students who have completed basic officer training and are waiting for their placements at ADFA in 2014. This has meant that NOYOs have been placed in FLSE's to gain an understanding of how these shore support logistic elements work and these placements have proved to be very popular with the NOYOs. The next placements will be in FLSE Albatross under the guidance of LEUT Blake Herron and FLSE Cairns under the guidance of LCDR Tony Case. Regular liaison between Fleet, DNCM and SO3 ADFA has ensured a smooth program exists for the management of these trainees, as we welcome them into our branch at such a key stage of their career. Pre-ADFA NEOCs are also serving on four platforms including one HS ship for six months prior to joining ADFA in Jan and this has also been successful as they undertake to complete a NOYO task-book developed by CMDR Slattery. HS MLOs HS MLOs can now progress to CQ Board once they have satisfied their HS commitment, they are no longer mandated to proceed to an MFU for a DMLO appointment, however they can still request this additional time if they wish. To that end the school has updated ML Knowledge map and has provided detailed explanations of each section on the map to ensure that HS MLOs are not disadvantaged by not serving on an MFU. This guidance has been made available to all MLOs irrespective of whether they are serving on an HS or MFU as it assists MLOs trying to establish a personal training plan and the feedback from this resource has been very positive and we encourage everyone who is currently under training to have a look at it and those who are responsible for ensuring subordinates attend boards also familiarise themselves with it as it is a really useful learning tool. ML-SC In 2013, three Initial SC courses have graduated, and we are currently conducting our fourth. This represents 40 SMNML-SC trainees being sent to the fleet to commence their careers. Two Intermediate SC courses (18 students), one Advanced course (8 students) and one SAO course (3 students), with another three courses due to be undertaken prior to the end of 2013 demonstrate the sheer volume of the training delivered by such a small team this year. Additional SC training requested by NPCMA was facilitated as was ad-hoc training on other courses such as Dental Assistant course, Dental Officer course, and DC Yeoman courses. We identified minor shortfalls in our documentation and accept that as policy continues to be updated, and demand increases for new training courses in MILIS and for the amphibious platforms a combined effort is required, and this is very much a work in progress. All SC course content is currently being reviewed and this will remain a challenge for 2014 and beyond. ML-P Again a very small but dedicated team continues to deliver ML-P training. By the end of 2013, staff will have delivered two Initial (16 trainee's), two Intermediate (7 trainee's) and one Advanced ML-P course (4 trainee's) and a COSEC course (3 trainee's) in Sydney. Ongoing review and updates of all ML-P courses has, and will continue ensuring training remains current, relevant and challenging to all those who attend. An example of just some of the major changes required to course documentation have been due to the transfer to the new Australian Government Security Classification System and the official implementation of the role of the Ship's Mail Officer at sea. The ML-P training continuum will also be updated to reflect the recent transfer of some NPC tasks to the ML-P category. Work in progress and the future Location The school is currently split between Cerberus for sailor training and HMAS Penguin for Officer training (and selected senior sailor training courses). All officer training will be conducted in Penguin from Jan 14 commencing with MLOAC. The intention is to move into the old EOD school which has self-contained classrooms, office space and a recreation area. This is still very much a work in progress and may take some time to bring up to standard. However the benefits of conducting ML training in the Sydney metro are not to be ignored, reduced travel time and costs for both trainees and instructors, proximity to SME's and key agencies, in addition to being near the Fleet is the reasoning behind the push to move the school. Eventually once approved the school aims to relocate in entirety by 2015/2016 subject to further classrooms being sourced and DRN being installed. Initial sailor training will remain in Cerberus due to the high level of divisional support available. Laptops and Bi-Query Training The school is aware that SLIMS and bi-query training has been ignored for some time and really demands some attention. Therefore an investigation is going to be undertaken to try and source new laptops and a mini server in order to run bi-query and SLIMS training in situ rather then relying on other agencies (communications school in Cerberus and Laverton) to assist. This is very much a work in progress but we hope it will improve the SC training as we look for a more permanent solution. Simulation training and IT A significant amount of research was conducted at the beginning of the year under the direction of CMDR Mick Slattery regarding simulation training, e-learning and virtual classrooms. Ms Donna Kean and LEUT Kevin Lewis mainly undertook this work. Adobe connect was trailed as a means to deliver training to personnel at sea and the intention was that maybe this could be used in the future by the school instructors to speak to MLOs and ML Sailors at sea to provide some additional training or refresher training. Adobe connect was a great initiative but due to licensing and hardware issues this unfortunately will be held in abeyance but will not be forgotten. To summarise We will continue to strive to deliver the very best training outcomes and courses to best prepare all ML sailors and officers to do their job and be the best at sea. Due to the very fluid nature of the world in which we operate, we ask that the good working relationships we have with Fleet, DNCM, STG, NPCMA, NIPO, TSG continue to thrive as by working together we can all provide the best training solution. Again I am sad to say that so many of the team will be moving on in the new year and we wish everyone good luck in their new positions and look forward to training you in the new year.