Naval Engineering Strategy 2017


Over one third of the Royal Navy's personnel are engineers. But this should be no surprise; we have always been a deeply technological service, and never more so than today, as we introduce new carriers and fighter jets, renew the nuclear deterrent, and modernise much of the fleet and brigade.

This new engineering strategy marks the beginning of a new technological era; the coming years will witness quantum leaps in autonomous systems, energy weapons and artificial intelligence. Our future strength rests on our ability to lead, innovate, design, build, support and exploit technology to retain advantage over our adversaries and to work effectively with our allies.

Whether at sea or ashore, on operations or in support, the Navy relies on all our engineers, including the critical support we receive from those working in the Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment & Support and in industry.

It is therefore vital that engineers are central to all that we do. This strategy details a series of actions which will be the responsibility of named individuals who will be held to account by Chief Naval Engineering Officer (CNEO).

We want to do more to make you feel valued as engineers and have pride in the essential work that you do. It sets out how we will deliver the right technology, the right support, invest in skills and development and speak with one voice as the engineering family.

There is a lot to do, so this is a plan to fix it and give you the right tools to succeed.

WHAT IS THE NAVAL ENGINEERING STRATEGY?

The Naval Engineering Strategy 2017 sets out a blueprint to renovate engineering in the Royal Navy.

Never more so than today, as we introduce new Carriers and fighter jets, renew the nuclear deterrent, and modernise much of the Fleet and Brigade.

Why is this important?

Engineers like you are a really important part of the RN. The Royal Navy is a highly technical business and will become ever more so. You are at the cutting edge of this business, so it is vital that Engineers are central to all that we do.

This strategy sets out a series of actions which will be the responsibility of named individuals who will be held to account by CNEO.

What will the strategy do for me?

We want to do more to make you feel valued as engineers and have pride in the essential work that you do.

A series of commitments have been made by the leadership of the Engineering branch. These have the aims of:

• Upskilling/reskilling
• Focussing on the needs of maintainers
• Recognising you for your professionalism
• Demonstrable improvements in availability
• Getting you the right tools and spares

what does the strategy say?

Supporting  you

The NES details a series of engineering actions which will be the responsibility of named individuals who will be held to account by CNEO.

They have committed to support you by:

  • Delivering the right technology
  • Delivering the right support
  • Speaking with one voice as the engineering family
  • Investing in skills

the right technology

the right support

Speaking with one voice 

Investing in skills

Improve job satisfaction

The strategy aims to improve engineers' job satisfaction and your professional pride in the RN.

We want you to stay, and we are doing lots to encourage you to do so.

  • removal of Pay 2000 bar and FRIs;
  • removal of WO2 rate,
  • Defence Engineering Remuneration Review;
  • improved spares, tools, information provision
  • Deep Tech Specialist and Fast Track opportunities
  • Removing disincentives to professionalisation – eg Payment of professional body fees

Defence Engineering Remuneration Review

Improved spares, tools and information

Fast Track Opportunities

Removing disincentives

better training and personal development

The strategy aims to reduce the skills shortage by continuing our increased investment in new and better training and personal development by:

  • Introduction of Individual Competency Frameworks,
  • Faraday training for Diagnose & Repair based on modern activity based learning;
  • Re-introduction of PEs and a clear career pathway
  • Fast Track opportunity
  • Engineering Training Squadrons
  • Deep Tech Specialist opportunity
  • payment of professional body fees for all

Faraday training

Clearer career pathway

Engineering Training Squadrons

Payment of professional body fees

How will we be kept informed?

The strategy aims to bridge the internal communications chasm between all sections of the engineering branch by modernising and investing in new and better internal communications.

We will do this by taking a more professional approach to it, and leading by example on integrating online and paper based content and using reinvigorated, coherent messages.

Finally

For more information, you can read the Naval Engineering Strategy 17 in full at https://jive.defencegateway.mod.uk/docs/DOC-79295 (you will need a Defence Gateway account to access this booklet).

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