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UK Border Agency: Training

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the length of the training period was for (a) immigration officers and (b) asylum officers before taking up their new responsibilities in the UK Border Agency. (208988)

Immigration officers undertake an intensive five-week Learning and Development Induction Programme along with at least four weeks mentoring by a senior colleague.

Training to support the implementation of the future model for the Border Force has focused on five flagship locations (Gatwick, Edinburgh, Coquelles, Harwich and Teesport) where immigration officers are receiving an additional two days training to enable them to profile and question for customs purposes on the front-line. A number of HMRC staff joining the Border Force are receiving two weeks training to enable them to process passengers on the primary line for immigration purposes and to examine travel documents for forgery. In addition, HMRC staff at freight ports are receiving two days training to search for clandestine entrants. Following the roll-out of the flagship sites, training will be reviewed before the next phase of implementation.

All asylum case owners continue to undergo a 55-day Foundation Training Programme, including periods of mentoring and coaching, which has recently been updated to reflect internal and external feedback.