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Take your education skills to new places, both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Service
    Army
  • Specialisation
    Specialist
  • Starting Salary
    $71,274
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About the role

As a Learning Development Officer (LDO) in the NZ Army 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.

Job on base

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

Career progression and training

Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training
SPECIALIST OFFICER INDUCTION COURSE

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do a six week specialist officer military training course to teach you the basics of being in the Army. The course is designed to assist you in your integration into the Army and although it is challenging, it’s specifically catered for specialist officers. You will be taught the basics including:

  • Navigation
  • Weapon handling
  • Leadership
  • Drill and barrack routine
  • Living in the field
  • Army Ethos and Values

After successful completion of your Specialist Officer Induction 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 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 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 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.

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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.

$71,274

Recruit

$71,274

starting salary

$117,725

Higher rank

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

Entry requirements

Basics
Education
Fitness and Medical
Citizenship
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.

 

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