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Partnership aims to help sailors hone management skills

A new partnership between the British Royal Navy and the Chartered Management Institute is aiming to help sailors develop their management and leadership skills.

As part of the alliance, the Institute has mapped its membership levels with the Royal Navy's own ranking system and promotion courses. Midshipmen and Petty Officers will equate to the Institute's Associate member level, while Lieutenants and Warrant Officers a full Member.

Sailors who sign up to the scheme will have the opportunity to gain qualifications across a range of business disciplines including a Certificate in Team Leading, a Diploma in Management or an Executive Diploma in Management.

Taking between six months and a year to complete, the courses cover skills such as effective communication, organising teams and resources and how to maximise the performance of team members.

The Institute says senior level qualifications require sailors to take five core modules, including developing as a leader and managing operations, and three optional modules, including managing information systems, human resource planning and finance.

Second Sea Lord, Rear Admiral Adrian Johns, said: "The nature of the Navy's business demands the highest standards in leadership and management from its personnel across the rank structure. To allow our people to meet these demands, the Service pays considerable attention to ensure that individuals are given the appropriate training and experience.

"It is therefore very gratifying to me personally, as the principle personnel officer, to have these skills formally endorsed by the Chartered Management Institute."

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