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- ServiceAir Force
- Starting Salary$71,837
- Upcoming Intake26 June, 2020
About the role
As a Learning Development Officer (LDO) in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) 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, learning 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.
- Conducting occupational and training needs analysis.
- Design and development of training courses.
- Management and evaluation of learning.
- 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.
Career progression and training
Upon successful enlistment into the Air Force you’ll be posted to RNZAF Woodbourne base to complete the Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) – a seven-week, full-time course.
All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets 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 is designed to give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, battle-craft, 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 NZ Defence Force and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.
Upon successful completion of the JOIC, you will remain at Woodbourne but be posted to the Initial Officer Training Course to commence the 22 week course starting in either January or July. Here you’ll find out if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Air Force, and will cover various subjects including:
- RNZAF Customs and Protocol
- Drill and Parades
- Military Law
- Military Field Skills and Weapons Training
- Defence and Strategic Studies
- Personnel Administration
- Communication Skills
- Command, Leadership and Management
- First Aid
After successful completion of your Junior Officer 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 Air Force Officer you will also complete a number of core military training courses as part of your primary training and experience time on ship.
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 Air Force are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.
Benefits and allowances
There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.
For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.
Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Fitness and medical
Period of Service
- 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
- 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.
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