Spitfire Gate Guard outside DSAE HQ

DSAE Headquarters

Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering

The Defence College (today School) of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE) was established on 1 April 2004 as a result of the Defence Training Review (DTR); it was considered to be an important step in the anticipated migration to a partnered solution for Defence Training. However, post-DTR, the DSAE is now committed to working with the Defence Technical Training Change Programme (DTTCP) Team to develop an affordable and value-for-money (VfM) solution for future training. This will initially be delivered at RAF Cosford through a transformation programme derived from a Strategic Improvement Event. Transformation will include the harnessing of the latest developments in training design and transforming technical training to encompass Modern Learning Methods that are coherent across the Technical Schools. The DTTCP will include an element of estate rationalisation with a longer term aspiration to relocate all technical training to RAF Lyneham. There are still the hurdles of affordability and VfM to be overcome before technical training will relocate from Cosford to Lyneham. In the meantime, a VfM case was satisfied for the relocation of RAF Engineer Officer training to RAF Cosford and this was completed in January 2013.

The DSAE management team is committed to supporting the MOD and the Regional Authorities to ensure that the Cosford site will continue to be utilised by the MOD and further develop the excellent links between the local community and the military. The future of the Cosford site hangs on the outcome of the estate rationalisation process which is ongoing. The decision on the future Germany rebasing (102 Logs Bgde from Germany to Cosford in 2018) is formally in abeyance.

The principal task of the DSAE is to produce highly trained and motivated aeronautical engineering mechanics, technicians and officers ready to contribute to UK Defence. The DSAE is a federated school and comprises training establishments across 3 sites; it embraces the Royal Navy Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS) based at HMS SULTAN in Gosport, the REME School of Army Aeronautical Engineering (SAAE) based in Lyneham, the RAF No 1 School of Technical Training and the RAF Aerosystems Engineer and Management Training School; the latter 2, plus the Headquarters DSAE, are located at RAF Cosford.

The wider DSAE, along with No 1 Radio School which is part of the Defence School of Communications and Information Systems (DSCIS),isdriving modernisation and efficiency across its broader responsibility for training RN and Army aeronautical and ICTengineering personnel. Both Colleges also provide a Foundation Degree course, designed to prepare selected non-commissioned personnel for Engineer Branch commissioning.

DSAE Headquarters

RAF Cosford hosts the Headquarters of the DSAE. The Commandant DSAE is a RAF Group Captain. His deputy is a Royal Navy commander; post title, Chief of Staff DSAE.

For the DSAE as a whole, the HQ provides the high-level planning and business development functions and ensures that the services provided to the DSAE satellite sites meet the standards set out in parenting agreements. The HQ forms the principal interface with other major stakeholders in the successor to the DTR Project – the Defence Technical Training Change Programme (DTTCP).

The following management areas within the DSAE HQ provide specific services.

SO1 Business Development

DSAE Cosford has contributed significantly to wider Defence Engagement, International Security Co-operation and UK Plc Defence sales by delivering International Defence Training to personnel from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Brunei, USA and other countries, generating circa £11.5M in FY 2012/13. DSAE Cosford has recently had the honour of having all 3 (Mechanical Avionic and Weapons) of its International Technician courses accredited to Engineering Council Award of Engineering Technician (EngTech) entitling the students’ on application to use the post-nominal of EngTech AMSOE AMIPlantE. The continued request from International customers to visit is testament to the high esteem they have for RAF Cosford and the DSAE.

SO1 Training Development

The DSAE Training Development and Standards Organisation (TDSO) brigades all of the training development and standards personnel and assets of the DSAE under the single direction of SO1 Training, DSAE HQ. This provides harmonised direction to deliver the School’s Training Transformation Programme and to meet the targets of the DTTCP. It will also ensure that: a unified DSAE HQ-level interface is provided to Tri-Service Training Requirement Authorities; harmonised processes of training development, assurance and assessment management are deployed across DSAE in compliance with DSAT QS; and that TDSO resource utilisation can be maximised across the DSAE to meet prioritised needs.

SO1 Accreditation

Accreditation Group (AG) provides support to all DSAE sites in development and delivery of accreditation opportunities. It also manages the RAF Aeronautical Apprenticeship schemes delivered here at RAF Cosford and out on the RAF’s Main Operating Bases. RAF Aeronautical Apprenticeships are the largest and most successful Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeships within the UK and by far the largest of all the RAF’s apprenticeships. To deliver this success, AG consists of a number of specialist areas to both develop accreditation required by DSAE and deliver RAF schemes.

SO1 Training Services

Restructured wef 01 Oct 13 (now encompassing Training Plans and Schedulling; Training Secretariat, Performance, Manning and Risk (Sapphire)), Training Services brings resilience to the presently digital Manning and Performance areas and facilitates the matching of the required training task to the available resource. It also provides monitoring and reporting on School performance against task. It also retains the Projects functions of Project Assurance and is the focal point of Project Support, as well as support the DTTCP activities.

COS Area

Under the C2 of the Chief of Staff DSAE, the COS area delivers assurance, engineering management and safety management functions to all DSAE schools, and provides a pan-DSAE coordinating function. Subordinate organisations include the Quality and Continuous Improvement Team (QCIT) and Training Equipment Support and Safety (TES&S). COS also acts as the Principal Engineer, advising the Comdt on aviation engineering matters and Military Aviation Authority (MAA) engineering compliance.

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