Members of the Royal Navy of Oman have started training at New College as part of a tailored programme provided by Fast Forward and Sterling Defence Ltd.
Sterling Defence, a NATO registered organisation which provides equipment and services to military and security forces worldwide is partnering up with Fast Forward, New College’s Training and Development team, to offer a ‘Train the Trainer, Exams and Assessment’ course.
Paul Lamacraft, Training Services Manager commented: “It is imperative that the service we provide our overseas customers is highly professional and efficient, we established at an early stage that New College Swindon was able to offer the quality of service required. The cooperation between Sterling Defence and New College Swindon will ensure a seamless learning experience, and a pleasurable experience overall for the overseas officers”.
The programme will focus on areas including Planning and Organising Learning, Personal Learning and Thinking, Motivating to Achieve and Communication in Teaching. The course also includes assessments, presentations and teaching session ideas.
Five Naval officers from the Royal Navy of Oman will complete the full time three week course based at New College in Swindon, whilst living nearby and soaking up the local culture. “Our clients all have high expectations but providing for these learners is particularly exciting” said Emma Lacey, Fast Forward’s client manager “we’re providing a very specific menu of food and refreshments, thanks to our partners Sodexo, as well as access to the College’s prayer room and other facilities.”
The programme too has been tailored for the group with time built in for religious days and exploring the local area. “Our trainer has designed a challenging course to meet their specific needs and the programme will be quite intensive, especially as English isn’t their first language.” But lots of help is on hand at the well-equipped College which has specific teams to support learners from other countries.