The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), which delivers worldwide logistical and operational support for the Royal Navy, has enhanced its partnership with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) to support the professional development of seagoing engineers.
The partnership sees the RFA internal Career Level Framework for engineer officers and ratings accredited by the IMarEST, matching levels of competence and career levels to appropriate grades of IMarEST membership and professional qualifications, such as becoming Chartered.
Seagoing and shore based staff will also be supported with their professional development, as well as gaining access to the IMarEST’s resources including an powerful online virtual library, technical events, growing branch network, and a monthly membership magazine.
Captain Richard Graham, RFA manpower programme team leader, said: “This is a really important initiative for us and further demonstrates our commitment to provide excellent training and career opportunities for both seagoing and shore-based marine engineers.”
Ben Saunders, director of professional development for the IMarEST, added: “A partnership like this is really important as it also highlights that you don’t have to have formal academic qualifications to become chartered – you can use your experience.”
The IMarEST and the RFA will be jointly working on a similar programme for deck officers and ratings, providing routes to Chartered Status for non-engineering professions.