IT Technicians and SFIA in the RAF


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IT Technicians and SFIA in the RAF

  1. 1. IT Technicians and SFIA in the RAF T h i i d i th Nicki Risi The IET NRi i@th i t Hillary A Taylor ay ay o Zumiya Consulting © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007 071114001
  2. 2. A Common Language in SFIA • The Story: RAF journey to update a technician trade, trade using SFIA • Introduction • The Players • The Setting • The Project • Outco e Summary Outcome Su ay • Close © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  3. 3. Introduction SFIA 3 RAF SFIA 2 Engineering Technician Operational Technology New ICT N Skills Technician © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  4. 4. RAF – Trade Group 4 • Communications and Information Management Systems Manpower Strategy Team (CISMST) – Responsible for ICT skills landscape throughout RAF • Current Career Progression: Op/Maint CIS IM CIS Tech Cp Cpl Sgt CIS Selection Managers CIS Tech CIS Tech © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  5. 5. RAF – Trade Group 4 • Transition To New Trades Using SFIA Profiles Obsolete Trades SFIA TG4 Trades Trade Electronics Profiles CIS Manager Technician T h i i CIS Information Manager CIS Technician Communications C i ti Operator CIS Operator/Maintainer © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  6. 6. The IET • Institution of Engineering and Technology • Formed from IEE and IIE • Largest professional technology society (Europe) • Membership: 150,000, significant proportion in IS/IT • Founder Member of SFIA – Mike Bridgefoot – SFIA Board Director • Professional Qualifications: CEng, IEng, EngTech • Professional Networks, Ca ee Manager, o ess o a et o s, Career a age , Mentoring, Professional Registration, & more. © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  7. 7. Capability Management • Capability Management - Developing the capabilities that feed business success - Developing organisational and employee competencies to align employees and … (from PA Consulting site). p y ( g ) • Capability Management translates the requirements of Defence policy into an approved programme that delivers the required capabilities, through-life, ... ( strategy guide) © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  8. 8. Skills L d Skill Landscape Drivers - Di Broad Electronics to ICT Stakeholders Network Control for Attack/Defence Component Level Networked Readiness Legacy Training Communications Equipment Fast-moving W b F t i Web Repair Maintenance M i t Troubleshooting © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  9. 9. Skills L d Skill Landscape Drivers - Di Q Qualification Assessment Understood Stakeholders Outside RAF ICT Tech IET (Assessment Networked Method) M th d) UKSPEC Communications Legacy E Tech L Eng T h Detailed SFIA Equipment Structure as Tool Non-prescriptive © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  10. 10. Eng Tech to ICT Tech Process • Map 3 broad ICT streams to SFIA • Evaluate job descriptions against SFIA • Assess RAF job roles against SFIA • New Trade Group 4 defined • EngTech, EngTech with RAF SFIA mapping • RAF ICT Technician standard developed © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  11. 11. 3 Broad RAF ICT Streams 1. Follow Graduate/ Apprenticeship 2. Assist Entry Level 3: Apply Professional ICT Tech 4. Enable Leadership IEng 5. Ensure, Advise Senior Leadership CEng 6. Initiate, Influence Executive Leadership 7. 7 Set Strategy, Envision Directorship/Ownership Strategy © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  12. 12. CIS Technician SFIA Mapping CIS Technician Only L2 L3 L4 Systems Installation/decommissioning X X Radio Frequency Engineering X CIST CIS T h i i & I f Technician Information M ti Manager Continuity Management X Programming/Software Development X X Configuration Management X X IM Change Management X X Management and Operations X Compliance Audit X © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  13. 13. ICT Technician Standard A Use ICT Knowledge and Understanding to apply technical and practical skills. B Contribute to the design, development, testing, commissioning, installation, operation or g p maintenance of ICT systems, products, processes, systems or services. C Accept and exercise personal responsibility. D Use effective communication and interpersonal skills. skills E Make a personal commitment to an appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations t f f i l d t i i bli ti to society, the profession and the environment. © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007
  14. 14. Why use SFIA? • Common Language • Need to respond to rapidly changing technical environment • Need to satisfy/communicate with broad range of stakeholders – inside & outside RAF • Transferable qualifications, roles, training, standards d d © Copyright Hillary Taylor 2007