Business school wins contract to train RAF leaders

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THE University of Portsmouth Business School has won a £5.3m contract to train the next generation of Royal Air Force officers in leadership and management over the next five to seven years.

Experts from the business school, in partnership with Cranfield University, will train 3,700 RAF personnel a year as part of both initial officer training and senior officer development.

Training will focus on international security and defence leadership, in collaboration with the RAF’s own in-house training programme.

Senior officers not chosen for elite roles within the RAF will be taught how to think like business people, as a way to rejuvenate the air force’s middle management.

Business School dean Professor Gioia Pescetto said: ‘We have respect for what the RAF does and is aiming to do and we fully expect this to be a real partnership. We know that we will learn a lot from them as well.

‘Working closely with organisations from outside the university informs and improves all we do.’