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Defence and Communications Services Agency

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the technical apprenticeships programme in the Defence and Communication Services Agency was wound down; and if he will make a statement. (133007)

The DEandS Information Systems and Services—formerly the Defence Communications Services Agency—has run a three-year modern technical apprenticeship scheme since 2003. The scheme, which is delivered at HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, is designed to equip those successfully completing it with the skills and attributes required of the organisation's future technical managers. This scheme continues.

Once HMS Collingwood was established, the previous legacy schemes run at Royal Air Force Henlow in Bedfordshire and at Highbury college, Portsmouth, which the Agency acquired in 2000, were discontinued in 2005 as they no longer provided the training and development necessary for technical staff working increasingly closely with commercial delivery partners.