Irish Naval Service Awarded CPD Employer Accreditation

Irish Naval Service Awarded CPD Employer Accreditation

21 May 2013 at 09:52

The Irish Naval Service (INS), the State's principal sea-going agency based in the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Co. Cork, has been awarded the prestigious CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer standard by Engineers Ireland following an audit of the company’s lifelong learning practices for its engineering professionals.

“The Irish Naval Service has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last ten years,” John Power said. “Its vision and drive to be an innovative and responsive naval service is extremely evident in its approach to its engineers. It has a clear focus on developing skills to produce better services and to work with partners to protect Ireland’s interest at sea and to help create jobs. The company’s current CPD framework helps develop its engineering skills needs to support the body’s overall strategic objectives.”

Commenting on the award, Captain Robert Scarrott, Officer Commanding Naval Support Command, said: “The Irish Naval Service is a core partner in both the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) and the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). Our overall goal is to respond to Irish maritime and energy economic opportunities and to work effectively with key partners. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for our technical staff supports us meeting these goals so this Engineers Ireland CPD accreditation is extremely welcome.”

The Irish Naval Service (INS) is the State's principal sea-going agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. Defence roles include defending maritime jurisdiction, deterring intrusive or aggressive acts, conducting maritime surveillance, maintaining an armed naval presence, ensuring the safe right of passage of ships, protecting marine assets and contributing to a blockade if required. The Naval Service also provides sea lift capability and close naval support to the Army.

Photo caption: Commodore Mark Mellett, PhD, Flag Officer commanding the Naval Service (left) receives cpd parchment from John Power, Director General Engineers Ireland.