The Learning & Development Organisation

The Learning & Development Organisation (LDO) supports 2SL, FOST and Commanding Officers to develop the intellectual potential of their people to maximise Operational Capability and ultimately prepare them for return to the national workforce.

The LDO is split into ashore and operational support:

• Ashore support is provided through a network of Learning & Development Hubs across the UK.

• Operational support for deployed personnel is provided through the Learning & Development Organisation (Operations) team

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What does the Learning & Development Organisation deliver?

  • Access to a trained Learning & Development Adviser (LDA) to discuss:
    • Learning & Development opportunities
    • Branch transfer requirements
    • Coaching to achieve objectives
    • 5 year plans
    • CV advice
  • Access to study a wide range of GCSEs, A-Levels and further/higher education, including degrees and Masters qualifications.
  • Learning, training and study skills support.
  • Assessment facilities for those with specific learning difficulties (SpLD), eg, dyslexia.
  • Access to recreation and reference libraries.
  • Advice access to MoD sponsored courses including the University Short Course Programme.
  • Advice and access to external learning suppliers.
  • Access to eLearning.
  • Access to language learning and operational language tests such as the Modern Language Aptitude Testing (MLAT).
  • Advice on membership of professional bodies.
  • Access to information on education and accreditation schemes offered.
  • Access to a trained Resettlement Officer, resettlement provision and resources.


Support and learning opportunities

For personnel to gain qualifications required by the Service for them to be qualified educationally for promotion:

Functional Skills Level 1 & 2 in Maths and English.

GCSE Maths & English

Advice on Defence funding available for education and training

Standard Learning Credit (SLC) – £175 per year

Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) – potentially worth £6k

Learning & Development (Operations)

We offer:

Officer Through Life Education Pathway (TLEP(O)) briefs which cover the Officer career development pipeline, including major changes between INT(O) and ICSC(M).

LDO (Ops) can observe training serials and feedback given, helping the ships training organisation to improve the learning that takes place during each serial. They are also available to provide any training advice to the Ship’s company.

Education and Resettlement Officer (ERO) Training. LDO (Ops) can provide the JPA accredited, half-day ERO course to designated EROs and ERO Assistants, to ensure continued training support in their absence.

Part-Time Service Instructor (PTSI) Generation. Explain, establish, support and assess elements of the L3 Award in Education and Teaching needed for individuals to provide local tuition (for Functional Skills, GCSEs, A-levels etc) when the unit is deployed. This is particularly useful if the ship is on a long deployment with extended periods between LDO (Ops) visits.

Learning & Development Hubs

The hubs offer:

Specific learning difficulty assessment and support, to help ensure that opportunities to develop are equal across the RN.

Access to e-learning courses, such as Functional Skills support or the European Computer Driving Licence.

Access to the Defence Cyber Aptitude Test (DCAT).

Advice on membership to professional bodies and access to information on education and accreditation schemes offered.

Hub Locations

Our hubs can be found all over the country at most Naval Establishments.

Location HMS Nelson Learning & Development Hub

Rodney Block,
HMS Nelson,

Mil: 9380 25292


Location HMNB Devonport Learning & Development Hub

Bldg B046 (West)
Upper Battery Road
HMS Drake

Mil: 9375 65362


Location HMNB Clyde Learning & Development Hub

Bldg 1320
HMNB Clyde

Mil: 93255 3641


LDO Apprenticeships manage the provision of the Naval Service Apprenticeship Programme.

All new recruits, regardless of Branch or Specialisation, are offered a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship. There are subsequent progression opportunities including advanced, higher and degree apprenticeships; opportunities which will continually develop over the next 2 years as part of the Naval Service learning and development agenda.

The Naval Service Apprenticeship Programme offers apprenticeships in engineering, aviation, telecommunications, catering, logistics, healthcare, business, management and sports.

Its quality training provision, high achievement rates, challenging expectations and aspirations for its apprentices has been acknowledged through its recognition as a ‘Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’ in 2017, by The Times as part of its ‘Guide to Elite Apprenticeships’ in January 2018, and more recently with an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in March 2018.

With apprentices from diverse social backgrounds, the Naval Service offers opportunities that directly support social mobility and diversity in the workplace.

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