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Home > News > November 2005 > 30-Nov-2005

MoD announces £366m education and training contract

The Ministry of Defence has announced it is to invest £366m into educating its service and civilian personnel, under a new contract with Cranfield University.

Through the contract, the MoD will deliver postgraduate education and training to around 4000 students per year, from across the Defence Community.

The MoD says the contract will provide a coherent focus for all management, technology and leadership education and training for the Defence College of Management and Technology (DCMT). It covers around 80 different courses on a range of topics including defence technology, information management, strategic leadership, acquisition management and security studies. The courses will offer a mix of residential and blended learning programmes.

Defence minister, Don Touhig, said: "We expect our Armed Forces to operate in an increasingly complex and demanding environment. We can't ask this of our Service personnel, and the civilians who support them, unless we invest in their ongoing training and development. This contract provides access to the very best postgraduate education and the flexibility to help equip our people to meet these challenges.

"The contract represents another major step for the Defence Academy and its Defence College of Management and Technology, which operate at the leading edge of higher level education. It underlines the Ministry of Defence's drive to make our people feel valued - and providing continued development, challenge and support is a key part of that."

The MoD says it spends about £4bn on individual training and education every year. This provides 11,000 modern apprenticeships; 8,000 other qualifications of NVQ level 4 equivalent; 300 foundation degrees and 440 postgraduate degrees.

Formal delivery under the new contract begins in August 2006 with the new academic year starting in September 2006. The contract will run for 22 years.

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