Navy training and education is a key enabler in the achievement of navy’s mission ‘to fight and win at sea’. Navy training is expansive. It is conducted at multiple disparate locations across Australia and overseas, with an annual trainee throughput of approximately 80,000.
At a time of unprecedented growth in the navy’s fleet, Training Force is responsible to train and educate sailors and officers to meet this mission. Navy training can only achieve this through professional diligence and the delivery of quality training and learning experiences. Training Force is meeting these challenges through a number of key activities, in particular:
- Ensuring a systematic approach to introducing training associated with new platforms and systems,
- Exploiting new training technologies and techniques to improve learning efficiency, effectiveness and trainee satisfaction,
- Optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of training pipelines,
- Professionalising our training staff, and
- Improving our governance
The navy is not on this journey alone. Training Force uses a number of commercial contractors and government training and education providers. These arrangements are becoming more common and more complex as our training continues to evolve. The nature of our unique operating environment and the training that supports it bring challenges in implementation and management that touch most, if not all, of the areas being explored and discussed at this conference. For the navy and its civilian partners, smart, innovative solutions are no longer a ‘nice-to-have’, they are a ‘must-have’.