Take your education skills to new places, both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Starting Salary$71,837
About the role
As a Learning Development Officer (LDO) in the NZ Army you will lead learning for the organisation and help manage training risk for CDF and the single-Services Chiefs. As joint enablers in the achievement of NZDF outputs, LDO roles can be categorised into three broad functions.
- Leadership and management of the NZDF learning/training system.
- Learning analysis and training design support to capability acquisition and through life.
- English language and training systems support to Civil-Military (CIMIC) and partner building activities (operational and non-operational)
Job on base
As LDO you will provide specialist training and guidance on learning 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.
- 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
- Provide personal development advice regarding learning and training opportunities.
- Presenting lessons.
With the NZDF increasing the complexity of the technology it uses in support of learning and training 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.
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
Career progression and training
Initial Induction Training (IIT) – Jan/Mar
(8 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
All direct entry NZ Army Officer Cadets and selected individuals are required to complete IIT. This full-time course will introduce potential officers to the standards and discipline required to be an effective member of the New Zealand Army. It is designed to train basic individual military skills which includes:
- Physical Training
- Military Unarmed Combat
- Weapon handling
- Radio telephone procedure
Individuals wishing to conduct IIT need to be motivated, adaptable, resilient, physically fit and have a desire to be an effective leader within the New Zealand Defence Force.
Specialist Officer Induction Course (SOIC) – May/Jun
(6 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp
This course is designed for personnel who are employed by the New Zealand Army for their specialist skills. Specialist Officers are required to complete this course in their first year of employment. Those enlisting into the Territorial Force will have the option of completing this course in two modules (i.e. Module One = 3 weeks and Module Two = 3 weeks), in consecutive years. Students will learn how to utilise and integrate their specialist skills within the context of the New Zealand Army. This course provides an introduction to the military skills required of Specialist Officers which includes:
- Basic field-craft
- Weapon handling
- NZ Army Ethos and Values
- NZ Army tactics
After successful completion of your Specialist Officer Induction Training course, you will be posted to one of the Junior LDO positions within the NZ Defence College. These positions will normally be based in Wellington for the initial two years of your career.
Although the primary focus of the role is Learning Analysis and Development, Training Evaluation, English Language as a second language, and Literacy and Numeracy support, 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 Army 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 Learning Development, Instructional Theory and Training Management. These courses will ensure that you have the in-depth professional knowledge needed for more senior appointments.
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 four week Joint Junior Staff Course with an online pre joining package 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, will have gained a Masters degree in International Security.
Salary and benefits
Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.
All full time members of the NZ Defence Force receive an added portion to their salary known as Military Factor. This additional compensation recognises the unique nature of military service and the commitment you make to serve your country. This can include short notice postings around the country and overseas. You will be directed at times to be continuously alert, undertake arduous and hazardous duties, and be exposed to adverse working environments exclusive to military life. This also includes the exercise of military skills not recognised by market comparisons. The part you play in our Defence Force and your commitment to our country will be financially rewarded.
Free medical and dental
5 weeks annual leave
Access to additional compensation and housing allowances
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Defence discounts at select stores and services
Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
- You must be at least 17 years of age.
- Meet the citizenship and 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
- You must have had proven practical experience.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
There may be a return of service period for this trade.
Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.