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Thought
Taking
about an MBA
skills to
Defence?
account
EVER thought about studying for
With Government funding support
an MBA but wondered how you IN TODAY’s competitive market,
would fi t it in with your duties? studying for a new skill can
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Armed Forces, or to give you a development.
Offer applies SE England only.
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The Open University Business achievement of which you can be
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School is a global leader in man- proud.
PITMAN Centre (Brighton) (01273) 220229
agement education, with 50,000 Martin Ladd, formerly a
alumni across the world, includ- captain in the Royal Navy and
ing 20,000 MBA graduates. Now now director of the Hampshire-
celebrating its 25th anniversary,
it is one of only 36 Business
Schools with triple international Sea life in the RFA
based training company Brighter
Prospects Limited engaged in
LEAVING THE FULL-TIME
the Skills Accounts project, said:
accreditation (AMBA, AACSB “These are the very good reasons
and EQUIS). Could you use the skills you RFA ships at sea worldwide. why people should be opening a
ROYAL NAVY?
The flexibility and relevance of have acquired in the Royal Navy You will be used to working alone Skills Account today.”
their MBA allows you to fit study in a challenging second career and unsupervised. Candidates The Learning and Skills
around your Service commitments with the RFA? should hold in-date Advanced Council comment that learning
and deployments, and immediate- The RFA is currently recruiting Life Support, Defibrillation, something new could be your first
ly put the practice-based learning for the following specialisations: pre-Hospital Care and First Aid step towards earning more money
into effect. This makes a con- and opening up new opportunities ■ Systems Engineer Instructor qualifications. The
siderable difference to your own Officers: With a minimum of ideal candidates will be ex-RN for you.
professional development and the a Higher National Certificate in Medical Branch Senior Rates. Martin continued: “We were
performance of your unit. Electrical & Electronic Engineering selected by the Learning and Skills ■ Stewards: As a Steward
The variant of our general or Electronic & Communications in the RFA, you would not Council to be one of the training
MBA, the MBA Defence, is spe- Engineering, in addition to only help maintain the ship’s providers in the Skills Account
cifically designed for members of relevant RN experience, you could accommodation and assist the trial in the south-east of England.
the Armed Forces. be a Systems Engineer Officers. cooks in the galley but may also “The Skills Account scheme is
The School also offers MSc Responsible for electronic work as part of the ship’s first restricted to the south-east region
programmes in a wide variety of systems from navigation to aid, firefighting or damage control as a pilot, and to certain areas in
business areas. propulsion, you could be teams. the north-west of England too.
If the MBA seems an ambitious working in any part of the ship Trainee Stewards will start their “Courses can then be spread THEN JOIN THE ROYAL NAVY RESERVES
goal, the Certificate and Diploma repairing faults and maintaining RFA careers at HMS Raleigh over six to 12 months depending
in Management are significant equipment to the highest standard with a 12-week Stewards course. on your choice of qualification and
AND GET MORE FROM LIFE
stepping stones along the way and keeping equipment such as The RFA welcomes applications flexi-hours learning frequency.”
and goals in themselves. They sonar, guns and rocket launchers from ex-RN Stewards with good Martin added: “The Brighter The Royal Navy Reserves can offer a whole range
will develop your skills, knowledge operational. experience in the role. Prospects Limited Partnership
of opportunities from travel to gaining new
and experience, enabling you to RN Ratings with relevant There may also be openings for offers two level 3 specialist
move steadily through the flagship experience will need to pass AIB qualified Ratings in other branches qualifications backed up by high-
qualifications - all while getting paid!
MBA programme. and attend short courses at BRNC – deck, engineering, catering or quality Pitman Training courses,
Throughout, you’ll receive and HMS Sultan. communications. some of which can be studied
continual support from personal ■ Medical Technicians: For further information or an wholly or partially by distance
To find out more contact:
tutors and benefit from the knowl- As an RFA Medical Technician application form, phone RFA learning, allowing study in centre,
edge sharing and debate generated you would be responsible Recruitment on 08456 04 05 20 at home or at work.”
T: 08456 07 55 55
by the thriving online commu- for the provision of all aspects or visit rfa.mod.uk. Just give them a call or email
OR VISIT ROYALNAVY.MOD.UK/RNR
10945
nity of Open University Business of emergency, primary and The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is an martinladd@pitman-winchester.
School students. occupational healthcare on board equal opportunities employer. co.uk.
ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY
“When I discovered the RFA offered greater
opportunities for training and experience
across a broader spectrum I decided that it
CAREERS AT SEA
was the best route for me.” N Stubbs
MERCHANT NAVY
HOW FAR COULD A CAREER WITH
MILITARY ACTION
THE RFA TAKE YOU?
ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD,
AT ANY TIME.
08456 04 05 20
RFA.MOD.UK
THE RFA
Unlike a commercial shipping company, you never know where
your next destination will be. No foreign land or port is out of the
question because the RFA is responsible for supporting the Royal Navy,
keeping them supplied with everything they need - fuel, food, spares
and ammunition. They could also be delivering vital humanitarian aid
whenever it is needed.
YOUR ROLE IN THE RFA
Imagine being in charge on the bridge of a ship, taking responsibility
for the engine room, overseeing the efficiency of all the electrical
systems on board or catering for a hungry ship. If you can picture
yourself in any of these roles, you may have what it takes to become
a Rating or trainee RFA Officer.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
The RFA offers “a life less ordinary” for practical individuals with
initiative, who enjoy a challenge and would relish the opportunity to
travel around the world. The salary, training and leave entitlement are
all highly competitive combining all the benefits of a merchant shipping
organisation with a true vocation and the excitement of supporting
military operations or providing disaster relief.
FIND OUT MORE
You can find out more by visiting RFA.MOD.UK or by calling 08456 04 05 20
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