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Armed Forces: Personnel Management

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many hours of Joint Personnel Administration training are required before personnel become qualified; (202354)

(2) how many people in his Department were trained in Joint Personnel Administration in each year since 2005;

(3) how much his Department spent on Joint Personnel Administration training in each year since 2005.

The amount of training required varies according to the individual or their role. All self-service users complete a mandatory three hour e-learning Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) training package, whereas a Human Resources (HR) administrator will receive at least 80 hours of training, with additional training given as they progress through the ranks or are assigned to different roles. Other administrators complete training of a type and length appropriate to their role.

To date, some 201,300 self-service users have undertaken the e-learning JPA training package. The number of HR administrators who have completed training in each financial year since 2005 are as follows:

Financial year

Number of personnel trained








The high number of HR administrators trained during financial year 2006-07 was due to 6,835 Army HR administrators being trained in readiness for the roll out of JPA to the Army in March 2007.

The cost of JPA training in each year since 2005 is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.