Take your knowledge and skills to new places.

  • Service
    Navy
  • Specialisation
    Specialist
  • Location
    Varied
  • Starting Salary
    $71,837
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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)
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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.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • 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

Initial Training
Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training

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!

JOINT OFFICER INDUCTION COURSE (JOIC)

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.

JUNIOR OFFICER COMMON TRAINING COURSE (JOCT)

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 Junior Officer Common 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 a Navy 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.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Navy 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.

$39,781

Recruit

$71,837

Starting Salary

$141,378

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.
  • 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.

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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