Byline: RNLI and VT Flagship celebrate as contract is signed to train RNLI technicians
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and VT Flagship are celebrating as they sign a four-year contract to train RNLI lifeboat technicians.
The new contract, which was signed yesterday (16 July 2008), will see VT Flagship design and deliver a nationwide systems engineering training programme for 62 RNLI technicians who maintain the RNLI’s lifeboats.
VT Flagship, the Royal Navy’s training partner, will train the technicians to become highly skilled maritime system engineers, capable of maintaining the most advanced vessel in the RNLI fleet – the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat. Hosting new technology, the vessel has a variety of features including the computerised Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) that enables crew to control many of the lifeboat’s functions remotely from their seats.
VT Flagship’s Head of Civil Maritime Training, Gerry Thwaites said; ‘We are proud to announce this exciting new contract with the RNLI, which follows on from the success of apprentice, technician and graduate training programmes we have developed and delivered for a range of civilian companies, including Network Rail and British Energy
‘Our aim is to create, through partnership with the RNLI, a sustainable, comprehensive and adaptable training programme, to develop their technicians into highly skilled system engineers, enhancing the charity’s overall capability.
‘This is the first time we have worked with the RNLI and we have specifically designed the programme to meet their requirements. Through us, they will have use of the Royal Navy’s facilities and expertise, providing an excellent training solution.
‘We look forward to being part of this new and innovative project, which makes best use of our country’s maritime resources.’
As part of the training, the RNLI’s technicians will work towards an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance, with further opportunities to progress to NVQ Level 4 in Engineering Management. In addition, a number of the technicians will also be trained as NVQ Assessors, which will allow the RNLI to undertake its own work-based assessments when supported by VT Flagship Internal Verifiers.
A blended learning solution will be provided, combining distance learning, hands-on and work-based training, delivered at VT Flagship’s Engineering Academy, HMS Sultan and throughout the UK and Ireland at RNLI lifeboat stations. The scheme will be partly residential at HMS Sultan, Gosport.
Through distance learning, the RNLI’s technicians will be able to work independently using a successful interactive multi-media programme already developed by VT Flagship for their training partner, the Royal Navy. Using animation and 3D graphics tailored specifically to the RNLI’s needs, they will expand and enhance their knowledge of propulsion, electrical, auxiliary systems and maintenance.
Adds Liam McKenna, RNLI Principal Relief Fleet Manager; ‘We are very excited about this new training initiative for our technicians. The RNLI is well known for the thorough training it provides for its volunteer lifeboat crew members, but it also strives to provide the very best training for its staff. By working closely with VT Flagship, we will be able to provide our technicians with a comprehensive, bespoke training package that will enhance their career development, and will also benefit the charity as a whole.
‘VT Flagship’s naval training expertise will help us to equip our technical staff with the specialist skills they need to work on the latest RNLI lifeboats and continue their crucial role of helping the charity’s volunteer crews to save lives at sea.’
Caption for photo: The signing ceremony of the new contract between VT Flagship and the RNLI.
Photo one - from L to R: David Brook, RNLI Engineering and Supply Director; Commodore Rymer, Commanding Officer of HMS Sultan Royal Navy, and Gerry Thwaites, Head of Civil Maritime Training, VT Flagship with RNLI crew members and inshore lifeboat in the background.
Photo two - from L to R: David Brook RNLI, Commodore Rymer Royal Navy and Gerry Thwaites VT Flagship with RNLI crew members and inshore lifeboat in the background.
Photo three – from L to R: David Brook RNLI, Commodore Rymer Royal Navy and Gerry Thwaites VT Flagship.
Please note: High resolution versions of these images are available on request.
About The RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteer crew members provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
For further information visit www.rnli.org.uk or contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 663181, email: email@example.com or contact the RNLI Public Relations Office on 01202 336789 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About VT Flagship
VT Flagship, formally known as Flagship Training Ltd., is part of VT Education and Skills, the UK’s largest training, education and skills company.
VT Flagship was formed in 1996 when a 15 year contract was signed with the UK Ministry of Defence for a unique partnering agreement with the Royal Navy. Flagship’s initial role was to market the Royal Navy’s training capability to overseas navies, related maritime customers and to industry as a whole. This role later grew to encompass the provision of a full range of support services to the Royal Navy training establishments.
Today, VT Flagship has evolved into a total training solutions provider, delivering a wide range of capabilities, including training technology solutions, support services, facilities management and construction services.
VT Flagship is head-quartered in Portsmouth, Hampshire and currently employs over 1,600 staff.
More information can be found at www.vtplc.com/flagship