Movement Controller Trade Update and Professional Development Event at 29 Regiment RLC – Thursday 17th May 2018
On 17 May a Movement Controller Trade Update was held at 29 Regt RLC. The morning session concentrated on Movement Controller trade specific issues and in the afternoon the RLC Foundation in conjunction with Bicester Army Education Centre and Kuehne & Nagel highlighted the numerous Professional Development opportunities available to serving officers and soldiers.
The RLC Foundation was established in April 2015 with a broad remit to promote professional development in the Corps through engagement with industry and academia and to encourage accreditation for RLC officers and soldiers. The RLC Foundation Director, Alan Woods explained to audience how this was to be achieved through a programme of regional and national events throughout the UK.
Captain Christopher Gilhan from Bicester Army Education Centre explored the various professional development options available to the assembled audience and how best to maximise the different sources of funding throughout their careers. Officers and soldiers were encouraged to run their own Professional Development diaries, recording qualifications gained within the Army, which can then be used as evidence of achievement when pursuing secondary careers.
Ed Coward, Contingent Planning Officer at Kuehne & Nagel gave a fascinating insight into what transition from the military to civilian life entailed. Based on his own experiences he gave advice on setting realistic personal expectations when pursuing a secondary career. He reinforced the need to build a ‘professional development portfolio’ right from the start of a soldier’s military career.
Overall, an excellent event, very much appreciated by the 120 attendees.