Learning development officer

As a Learning Development Officer (LDO) in the RNZN your skills and experience in teaching, adult education, training development or organisational development will be valued.

You will support the development of the New Zealand Defence Force and its people; both at home and on deployment on military operations, it is an exciting and challenging role.

 

As a Learning Development officer you will provide specialist training and guidance on educational matters to NZDF commanders and units throughout the country. You will soon become a specialist in military training, education and professional development by providing support to the wider NZDF.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Selection, testing and development of translators and interpreters on operations.
  • Providing literacy and numeracy support to personnel.
  • Preparing overseas military personnel for NZDF courses.
  • Conducting occupational and training needs analysis.
  • Design and development of training courses.
  • Management and evaluation of training.
  • The provision of guidance to NZDF project teams.
  • Maintain custody of NZDF instructional standards
  • They also manage the provision of base-level courses.
  • Provide personal development advice regarding education and training opportunities.
  • Presenting lessons.
     

With the NZDF increasing the complexity of the technology it uses in support of training and education you will have the opportunity to work with specialist personnel in the evaluation, design and implementation of training technology solutions.

You will be provided with leadership responsibilities and along with your core tasks, undertake a range of military activities; from weapon handling, to adventure training and the potential for operational deployments.

Your initial remuneration will be based on previous experience and skill level. This is negotiated on a case by case basis. As your career continues, remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.
  • You must be free of any criminal convictions.
  • You must be a trained teacher or;
  • Hold a degree (preferably in Adult Education or a related field such as Human Resource Development, Training and Development, Vocational Training, Organisational Psychology or Education) or;
  • Hold the equivalent of a level 5 Diploma in Adult Education and Training; or
  • You must have proven practical experience.
  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

Upon successful enlistment into the Navy  you’ll complete a five day induction course at Devonport Naval Base before you start the seven week Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) at RNZAF Base – Woodbourne. Once you march out of the JOIC you continue with the remaining 15 weeks of Junior Officer Common Training course (JOCT), which is back at the Devonport Naval Base. You will be exposed to various subjects and find out if you’ve got what it takes to be an officer in the Navy!

All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets and Midshipman are required to complete this course which is designed to introduce the basic individual military skills required to continue on to your respective service Officer training courses. The course will give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, sea survival, battle-craft, seamanship, communications and an introduction to leadership.   It is during JOIC that you will be introduced to the standards and discipline demanded of all members of the NZDF and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.

The following are just some of the subject areas covered on JOCT:

  • RNZN customs
  • Drill and parades
  • Military law
  • Weapons training
  • Basic mariner training
  • Defence and strategic studies
  • Communication skills
  • Command, leadership and management


All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets and Midshipman are required to complete this course which is designed to introduce the basic individual military skills required to continue on to your respective service Officer training courses. The course will give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, sea survival, battle-craft, seamanship, communications and an introduction to leadership. It is during JOIC that you will be introduced to the standards and discipline demanded of all members of the NZDF and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.


Upon successful completion of the JOIC, you will be posted to Officer Training School, Devonport to complete the JOCT Course. The JOCT course is 22 weeks in duration (which includes the 7 weeks JOIC) split over three phases:


PHASE ONE – NAVY INDUCTION

Trainees are instructed in basic service knowledge, discipline, parade and kit preparation. There is a focus on ‘followership’ and teamwork and on developing a high level of physical and mental fitness.

The aim of this phase is:

  • To ensure that trainees can perform as effective team members
  • To instil the Navy Core Values
  • To develop the competency behaviours required of a Junior Officer
  • To provide the basic skills and knowledge for service in the Navy

PHASE TWO – SEA QUALIFICATION AND ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

Phase two is focused on fitness for sea and academic development. The training provides trainees with the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to safely post to sea on a Navy Ship. The Sea Qualification Deployment is designed to give trainees an insight into life at sea and for staff to assess trainees in the sea going environment.

The aim is to:

  • Cement and build upon communal living skills
  • Gain an appreciation of the roles at sea
  • Confirm the trainees commitment to life at sea

Phase two also focuses on academic development. Trainees are lectured in Defence Communication topics such as service writing and oral communication. Officers are expected to have an understanding of wider national and defence policies, international relations and maritime doctrine.


PHASE THREE – LEADERSHIP

The final phase of JOCT has a strong leadership focus covering both theoretical and practical aspects. The trainees are put through a number of assessments. The assessments are scenario driven and provide the trainees with the opportunity to display their individual and combined skills.

After successful completion of your Initial Officer Training course, you will be posted to one of the Junior Learning and Development Officer positions within the NZ Defence College.

Although the primary focus of the role is Training Development, Training Evaluation, Language Literacy and Numeracy support, or English Second Language teaching, there will be opportunities to undertake a range of other tasks. These will be designed to provide exposure to some of the other areas within the NZ Defence College and will also help with your integration into the camp or base to which you are posted.

You will attend a range of courses that will introduce you to the NZDF Systems Approach to Learning and the NZDF way of conducting business. In addition you will progress towards external qualifications in Adult Education, Adult Literacy and Numeracy, and English Second Language teaching.

As an RNZN Officer you will also complete a number of core military training courses as part of your primary training.

ADVANCED LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER TRAINING

After attaining experience on the job, and when you have consolidated your primary training you will be nominated to attend some more advanced courses to gain higher level skills and knowledge in Training Development, Instructional Theory and Training Management. These courses will ensure that you have the in-depth professional knowledge needed for more senior appointments.

COMMAND TRAINING

Your training and development doesn’t stop there however! As part of your ongoing personal and professional development you will also have the opportunity to complete further modules in leadership, as well as base watch-keeping and service discipline.


COMMAND AND STAFF COURSES

As you progress through your career you will attend two courses at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College at Trentham Military Camp (Wellington): a residential eight week Joint Junior Staff Course and an eight month Joint Command and Staff Course.

Both courses comprise a mixture of visiting lecturers, tutored discussion groups, visits and individual study to give you the skills you need for high-ranking appointments. If you’re a successful graduate of the Senior Staff Course, you can then choose to complete one further paper to gain a Masters degree in International Security.

You may be employed in any of the Air Force, Navy or Army camps and bases throughout New Zealand. As you gain experience you will have the opportunity to travel overseas and be employed in a wide variety of Defence Force posts.