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    Army - Joint Services Adventurous Sailing Training Centre (JSASTC) - Executive Officer (E0) - Sailing Instructor

    Hampshire | Ministry of Defence

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    Haslar Road, Gosport - The position is based at Gosport, Hampshire, operating daily at the training centre in Portsmouth harbour, and when delivering sailing training, in the sea areas of the Solent and South Coast. When not delivering on water training, the EO delivers on shore training or supports MOD training yacht management. Due to the practical output nature of the post, attendance at the workplace on a day to day basis is essential.

    About the job

    Job summary

    The Joint Services Adventurous Sailing Training Centre (JSASTC) is recruiting enthusiastic, inspirational qualified and experienced Cruising Instructors to deliver offshore sailing Adventure Training, based on the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) offshore sailing scheme, to military personnel from the three UK Armed Forces as a critical part of individual and team Leadership and Resilience development.

    We deliver offshore training qualifications and experience opportunities in the UK and worldwide to over 3000 service personnel annually through a fleet of 34ft to 72ft MOD Service Training Craft (STC) from well equipped, modern facilities at our ideally situated base in Gosport in Portsmouth Harbour with easy access to the excellent Solent sailing areas. You will be routinely operating one of the MOD 34ft or 42ft Sailing Training Craft from Gosport, delivering RYA on water sailing training in the South Coast sea areas.

    As an Executive Officer (EO) Sailing Instructor, you will enjoy the benefits of being permanent employees of the MOD, excellent on-site facilities and resources, delivering on water and shore based training to an enthusiastic, engaged and committed training audience, mainly junior service personnel at the beginning of their military careers.

    This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

    Job description

    T he prime function of the role is to provide on water RYA training including the full range of RYA training from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, depending on the instructor qualifications held.

    JSASTC Instructors are required to deliver up to 20 weeks (Mon to Fri) a year on water training annually. The sailing training programme is developed up to 12 months in advance allowing individuals to balance their leave and personal lives.

    When employed on water based training delivery, Instructors are employed on an All Hours Worked contract that enables the Instructor to work all hours to complete the training as required. Time Off In Lieu is provided on completion of the required weeks on the water.

    When not delivering sailing, Instructors deliver shore-based sailing training, if suitably qualified, and provide semi-skilled and unskilled MOD boat management working with qualified engineering staff. When employed on shore-based activity, Instructors work the standard civil service hours based on a 37 hour week with the option of a compressed week allowing early departure on Fridays.

    Instructors are provided with individual induction and team training in order to assimilate them into the Army approach to Adventure Training delivery and are fully supported to enable them to contribute to other activities.

    Person specification

    Applicants must be RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (YMO) qualified with MCA Commercial Endorsement and in date seafarers ML5, and preferably as an in date RYA Cruising Instructor. In addition, applicants should have an up to date RYA First Aid certificate and VHF Operators licence.

    Applications will be considered from YMO who are not Cruising Instructor (CI) qualified or out of date, have suitable experience and are capable of attending and passing a CI examination or revalidation.

    Applicants should be outgoing, enthusiastic, committed and reliable, with a genuine desire to teach sailing. The instructor post is a busy one with delivery of sailing throughout the year including winter months. As part of a team of 20 sailing staff and working closely with other administrative and support staff, the instructor is encouraged and supported to develop sailing personal abilities through a wide range of opportunities. Working time is flexibly and appropriately managed to ensure all staff balance their personal and working lives effectively.

    RYA Yachtmaster Offshore - mandatory
    RYA Cruising Instructor - the ideal candidate will be already CI qualified
    ML5 Medical certificate - in date mandatory
    RYA First Aid - mandatory
    VHF Operators Licence - mandatory
    MCA Commercial Endorsement - mandatory

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    RYA Yachtmaster Offshore - mandatory
    RYA Cruising Instructor - the ideal candidate will be already CI qualified
    ML5 Medical certificate - in date mandatory
    RYA First Aid - mandatory
    VHF Operators Licence - mandatory
    MCA Commercial Endorsement - mandatory


    We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
    • Leadership
    • Developing Self and Others
    • Managing a Quality Service
    • Communicating and Influencing
      • Learning and development tailored to your role - JSASTC provides up to two weeks (10 days) funded personal development training, in addition to mandatory staff training, each year to enable personal development, including opportunity to attend JSASTC delivered sailing training courses.
      • An environment with flexible working options, including Compressed Hours arrangements allowing early finish on Fridays when working on shore
      • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity. The British Army encourages and develops tolerance and understanding through Adventure Training delivery
      • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
      • JSASTC provides corporate clothing to all staff to help generate team cohesion.
      • All sailing clothing is provided, and RYA membership, qualification re-evaluations, medical checks and sailing training is funded and provided.
      Please note: Expenses incurred for travel to interviews will not be reimbursed.

      The post does not offer relocation expenses.
    • External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period.

    • Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

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    Things you need to know

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

    Selection is by online individual application through the Civil Service Website followed by sift by a three member board including an independent member; followed by interviews in person at JSASTC Gosport, and for successful candidates, on boarding by Defence Business Services.

    Applicants are encouraged to visit JSASTC before applying and especially before attending for interview if selected. Applicants who are not already RYA Cruising Instructor qualified will be required to undertake an on-water assessment before confirmation of offer, if selected at interview.

    At application you will be assessed against the following:
    • Behaviours: Leadership, Managing a Quality Service, Developing self and others.
    • Experience: CV, Personal Statement.
    Candidates will be required to provide a personal statement of 150 words about why they want to work at JSASTC in their written application.

    Candidates will be required to provide CV details to include: job history; qualification details and previous sailing and non-sailing related skills and experience.

    At interview you will be assessed against the above along with the following:
    • Behaviours: Leadership, Managing a Quality Service . click apply for full job details
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