Australian Defence Force personnel will develop technical skills for working with the latest military technologies through training delivered by RMIT, as part of a new $911,000 contract.
For over a decade, RMIT has worked closely with the ADF to develop the Army and Navy Artificer Training Program through the School of Vocational Engineering.
The Australian Army and Navy require its personnel to undergo vocational technical training to enhance their aviation maintenance management and engineering support roles.
Peter Ryan, Head of the School of Vocational Engineering, said RMIT worked in partnership with the ADF to ensure the training program kept pace with the requirements of the force.
“We are proud that the course continues to be the ADF’s preferred choice and welcome the renewal of our long-term relationship,” Ryan said.
"RMIT has a long history of engagement with the Australian Defence Force and we are committed to delivering quality education and skills through this program.”
The course taught at RMIT’s City campus is designed to complement Army and Navy training and experience, building on a considerable history of similar training throughout the evolution of ADF Aviation.
Captain Steven Wardill, Senior Instructor of the Rotary Wing Aircraft Maintenance School at the ADF, said RMIT consistently delivered a high standard of training while also remaining responsive to the Army's changing needs.
“RMIT maintains an excellent relationship with the Army's training and qualifications staff, and has historically been very proactive in identifying issues and presenting associated solutions – a key factor in the Army's decision to renew the contract with RMIT,” Wardill said.
Most prospective recruits attending the training have not undertaken education in the civilian sector since completing high school at least ten years prior, and are primarily familiar with a military training methodology.
This often presents very specific and individual learning needs among the students, says Wardill, which RMIT is highly attuned and responsive to.
“As Army's equipment, systems and operating frameworks have increased in complexity with advances in technology, the qualification requirements of our workforce has shifted towards aligning with nationally recognised training and education,” he said.
“We now require the technical skill sets of our personnel to at least be commensurate with those of the civilian sector, which RMIT continually deliver.
“We look forward to working with them again.”