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Aircraft engineers and aircrew making final checks of aVoyager refuelling aircraft before an early morning sortie.


In the Winter edition, Air Cdre Harper,ACOS Personnel Policy,wrote about afresh approach to career management, which included giving 17,000 RAF personnel at corporal and below direct access to adedicated career manager.In this article, the Career Management Team sets out the progress being made.

Enhanced career management

Part of the RAF’s People Transformation Programme, enhanced career management moves away from list- based approaches to provide amore personal, engaged and responsive service. Due to be rolled out across all trades by April 2018, enhanced career management is already up and running for the RAF’s Logistics Trades. Having received overwhelmingly positive support, enhanced career management is making a real difference. With direct access to their career manager at High Wycombe for the first time, our junior ranks now have agreater say in their assignment and career development decisions. The value of this was evident during aTrade Group 18-focused event at RAF Waddington. Fifty personnel from the Logistics Trade were briefed by their new career managers, who had travelled up from High Wycombe, and then had opportunities for one-on-one interviews. This gave people the chance to discuss what was important to

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them and their families. As an interviewee explained afterwards, ‘Being able to discuss my career issues directly with the career manager in person really helped with my deployment.’

New Manning Webpages

Our most junior ranks have played an important part in developing the new career management approach. Avirtual ‘consumer panel’ of 40 corporals and SACs was established across anumber of trade groups and RAF units. Consulted during the design and test stages of the new career management approach, the group told us about their experiences and how they could be improved. Being able to speak with their career manager was critical for them. They were also clear that they wanted more information available online to help them manage their careers for themselves. Consequently,abespoke Manning webpage has been created for each trade as part of the roll-out of enhanced career management. Giving access to atrade newsletter,full details of career manager personalities, desk responsibilities and numbers, guidance on ‘how to contact your career manager’and alist of frequently asked questions, the early responses are promising:

‘I found it really useful to see the website and the areas which we will soon be able to look at ourselves. Ithink

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