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News and information for serving personnel
THE Royal Navy was recognised
for its commitment to training
and learning at the National
Learner First Awards 2008.
Sponsored by the Learning and
Skills Council (LSC), the awards
celebrate achievement in several
areas, including apprenticeship,
personal achievement and
The Royal Naval Service was
a finalist and runner-up for the
employer award, and the prize
was presented to Cdr Trevor
● Initial Rating Training aims to embrace the needs of
Price by Chris Banks, chairman
the future Navy as well as the spirit and ethos of the
of the LSC, and former athlete
RN’s heritage, taking civilians into Raleigh and sending
out as trained and motivated sailors
Also present was Paul
Redstone (Regional Accreditation
Manager FTL), WO1 Neil
Langridge RM (CTCRM) and
representatives from MWS, HMS
Raleigh, HMS Sultan, RNAS
Culdrose, RNAS Yeovilton and
the Defence Medical Services
New recruits are
Training Centre, Aldershot.
The RN has been delivering
engineering NVQs since 1998
and full apprenticeship schemes
It is RN policy that “all
new entrants will be given
an opportunity to gain an trained to the core
apprenticeship within three years
of joining,” and this policy differs
from many employers who have a
HOWEVER long ago you
Capt Woodcock remains in
pre-selection requirement. joined up, whether at HMS
command of Raleigh, as the scale
This means some 2,500
Raleigh or Dartmouth (or
of work and complexities of such
personnel annually, and 12,000 in
a large establishment demands
total, have engaged in the scheme
for our older shipmates, the attentions of a suitably senior
HMS Ganges), you almost
This statistic has been certainly won’t have
Other NCTS elements are the
recognised by the LSC, as is the
forgotten basic training.
new RN Leadership Academies
‘all of one company’ ethos and the
(RNLA) at BRNC and MWS IT MIGHT not be much to look
considerable benefits structured
You may recall those days
Collingwood that deliver Command, at, but Trophy No 27242 is almost
learning and training bring to the
with a smile or a grimace, but Leadership and Management certainly the oldest on the Navy’s
individual and the Service.
most think we had it hardest (CLM) training across Fleet.
This fact has proved to be a
and training was tougher then.
Finally the Naval Education It is a section of the original oak
valuable recruiting tool for both
In some areas this may be the
and Training Service (NETS), used in the construction of HMS
RN and RM personnel, attracted
case, but you can be assured that
Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) Victory, and it bears a small piece
by the training opportunities the
current Basic or Phase 1 training
and the 14 URNUs are also
of the protective copper sheeting
Service has to offer.
is preparing our future shipmates
commanded by Cdre Alabaster
and remnants of copper nails.
Having signed the ‘Skills
for the challenges that lie ahead on
and complete the NCTS estate.
Work on the hull began in mid-
Pledge’, the RN is committed
the RN’s numerous front lines.
The NCTS organisation is in
1759 at Chatham, and the ship
to delivering basic skills to all
So what has changed and how is
place but what about the detail?
was eventually completed, after a
Phase 1 training delivered today?
What improvements have been
lull in the constant cycle of wars,
The apprenticeship scheme is
Firstly, in big handfuls – as
made to Phase 1 training and
at a cost of £63,176 (estimated to
an ideal vehicle to support this
a result of some timely Fleet
leadership training as a result of
be around £50m today).
pledge by delivering key skills
Transformation work FOST, Rear the NCTS forming?
Such oaks were usually felled
There is a throughput of
as part of each apprenticeship
Admiral Ibbotson, is now in charge To answer this question we shall
Phase 1 training was recently
around 15 years before they were
approximately 450 RN officers a
of all training within the RN. look at the two major output areas
extended from eight to nine weeks
needed, and as this piece of timber
year and 120 international officers
Other elements of the
He is no longer solely responsible of core training, IRT and IOT.
and the new syllabus remains
was worked it revealed more than
from a variety of nations, including
apprenticeship include a technical
for the exciting Operational Sea All new rating entrants to the
challenging but increasingly
100 annular rings, meaning this
maritime in its focus and relevant to the Gulf States, Kazakhstan,
certificate and work-based
Training we have all enjoyed, but RN undertake nine weeks of Phase
Malaysia, and Caribbean nations.
trophy possibly dates from 1600
today’s operational environment.
learning in the form of an NVQ.
is now charged with providing 1 training at Raleigh.
It introduces individuals to the The college also runs a huge
training at all levels, from the Recruits can be aged between
team ethos and develops a sense of variety of routine and bespoke
young person walking through 16-36 and all join on a Sunday
being part of the Naval family as packages for the RN, RNR, RFA,
the gates at Raleigh to ensuring afternoon in classes of up to 66.
well as helping them to appreciate foreign military and UK business.
that suitably-qualified officers are There are 41 entries per year,
the history of the Senior Service. The mission of the Officer
selected and trained to command resulting in an annual throughput
The Recruit School is looking to Commanding IOT’s mission is to
our submarines. of more than 2,500 individuals,
extend the nine week course to ten “deliver courageous leaders with
THE maximum level of the
A wide remit, you would be who then progress to their Phase 2
commitment bonus (CB) is to
to incorporate additional training the spirit to fight and win”.
correct in thinking, which is why the (branch specialist) training.
to enhance the moral component In order to do this, he must
THE inaugural Joint Services
rise from £5,500 to £15,000,
responsibilities have been delegated The overall aim of Phase 1
of operational capability. make the training at BRNC
Warrant Officers’ Course
and the scheme is to be made
to Training Stream Leaders. training is to turn civilians into
This will include development challenging, front-line focussed
(JSWOC) seminar is to be held at
available, from next year, to all
These training streams cover military personnel against a
of the fighting spirit and further and invest heavily in (and demand
Shrivenham this summer.
Other Ranks passing the four-
RM, Aviation, Surface, Submarine backdrop of inculcating the Naval
exposure to Naval heritage; an heavily from) the IOT staff.
JSWOC is a two-week course
year service point.
and Naval Core training. ethos and instilling the core values
initiative to involve RN veterans Much BRNC leadership training
for warrant officers from all three
CBs are paid to Other Ranks
Cdre Alabaster (currently essential for service in the RN. in Phase 1 from the RNA is under is not taught but demonstrated by
Services, aimed at developing their
as an incentive to remain in the
Commodore BRNC) is now The aim is to challenge the way and this will complement staff in all they do.
awareness of joint, multinational
Services, and this increase is
the Naval Core Training Stream individual and offer a sense of the recruit’s understanding of the The staff remain the critical
and multi-agency operations.
designed to encourage further
(NCTS) Leader, assisted by Capt achievement. qualities a service career demands. component of the training delivered
The seminar, on July 30-31,
retention in the critical four to
Woodcock, and is responsible for Many of the activities undertaken On the officers’ side, like so and the quality of officers leaving
will build on that by updating
eight years’ service period.
all RN Phase 1 basic training. in basic training, parade training many areas of the Service, there is BRNC is a direct reflection of the
JSWOC graduates on current and
Currently the bonus tends to
As a result, the NCTS command for example, are common to IOT much change at BRNC, the home quality of the staff. future Service issues, and a formal
be split into two parts, at five
straddles a number of sites and and work is under way to exploit of officers’ basic training and the If you have any questions for mess dinner will be held.
years and eight years, but under
organisations. common resources within Raleigh centre of excellence for all CLM the team, contact details are: Among the speakers are Defence
the new arrangements the later
The NCTS comprises Initial and BRNC; this work is made development within the RN. OC(IOT): Lt Cdr Tim Wright, Secretary Des Browne, Deputy
someone claims payment – and
Officers’ Training (IOT) and Initial easier now that the key players As the dust settles on the post- email@example.com
; Commander of Joint Operations,
therefore the longer they have
Ratings’ Training (IRT), at BRNC responsible for IOT and IRT are Transformation structure BRNC OC(IRT): Lt Cdr Rich Marratt, Maj Gen James Dutton, and Cdre
served – the higher the payment
and HMS Raleigh respectively. all on the same team. continues to be busy and vibrant. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Sloane, Director Maritime
will be. The bonuses are taxable.
Those waiting until eight years
Benefi ts: now you can work it out
Attendance on the seminar is
to take their bonus will receive
limited to 170 places, on a first-
the £15,000 maximum.
come, first-served basis, and is
Transition arrangements are
only open to graduates of the
being finalised to ensure that no A NEW Internet-based calculator will help other MOD-provided benefits, such as medical Placing the calculator on the Internet makes
one is disadvantaged. Armed Forces personnel work out the benefits, and dental care and physical education it available to the majority of Service personnel,
For further details, and to
The scheme is aimed at Other allowances and discounts to which they are opportunities. at work and at home.
reserve a place, contact JSWOC
Ranks as the same retention entitled. It will provide easy access to other related It is also available to another key target
Admin on 96161 8854 (01793
issues are not seen in officers at The new initiative builds on the success of topics such as Defence discounts (principally audience – potential recruits, who can work out
this stage of their careers. the Pension Calculator, and allows Servicemen through the Defence Discount Scheme), the figures before deciding if they want to join.
Personnel receiving a CB will and women to work out their total remuneration financial information, and to third party The Calculator can be accessed through
need to serve at least a further 12 package, incorporating basic pay, specialist commercial sites offering financial products, RN Com; FLEETWEB; Armynet; RAF Portal
months to retain the cash. pay, individual allowances, pension and other some of which will be aimed specifically at Website; RAFCOM; AirSpace; A1 Branch
The scheme will be up and benefits. members of the Armed Forces. Website; the Royal Navy, British Army, and
running from next year, and once Using the calculator, not only will personnel The calculator will also be a gateway for Royal Air Force Websites; and single Service
fully implemented the scheme be able to work out the value of the whole news and information on pay and allowances recruiting websites.
will cost £80m a year.
package, but can also get information on matters. www.mod-abc.co.uk/marina
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