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Departmental Training

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year. (230510)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of machinery of government changes in June 2007. Information on how much was spent on external training courses prior to this date is not held by the Department. In 2007-08 the Department spent £446,000 on external training providers. These providers included:

2gc Active Management Limited

Aksaa Ltd.

Angela Argenzio

Ask Europe Plc

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners UK Chapter

CET Rivington

Campaign For Learning

Central Office Of Information

Centre For Public Policy Seminar

Church House Conference Centre Limited


Claire Gonnet

Communicaid Group Limited

East Of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

England Athletics

Happy Computers

Hay Group

Hemsley Fraser Group Ltd.


Integral Human Resource Cons Ltd.

Julie Allan Ltd.

Leadership Skills Training Ltd.


M D P Limited

Marketforce Communications Limited

Mercure St. Pauls Hotel

National Centre For Social Research

National School For Government

Operational Research Society

Parity Training Ltd.

PTS Consortium

Rachel Frost Ltd.

Sheffield Hallam University

Society For Editors

SPSS (UK) Ltd.

St. Marys Church A/C


The City Lit

The Higher Education Academy

The Open University


The School Of Coaching

The University of Essex

The University of Sheffield

Transmedia Communications Limited

University of Durham

University of Manchester

University of Southampton

University of Warwick


Verve Venues

Voluntary Action Sheffield

Walking With Leaders Ltd.

Warwick University Training Ltd.

Westminster Explained

Whitehall and Industry Group

The National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) spent the following on external training courses:

Spent on external training courses (£)







The following external training providers were used:

BSI British Standards Institution

Business Training Direct

Capital Quality Ltd.


Ellis Ford Associates

Environment Agency

ERA Technology Ltd.

Fire Safety Training Limited

Insight Consulting

Learning Tree International

Legal Metrology Consultancy Service

Managing for Quality Limited

Marketforce Communications Ltd.

Mentor FLT Training Ltd.

Muirland Services Limited

The Murray School of Cookery

National School of Government

National Physical Laboratory

PG Personnel and IT Training

PTS Consortium

Reed Learning Plc

Richmond A&C College

RRC Business Training

Sapphire Systems plc

St. John Ambulance

Thomson Subscriptions

Tower Software UK Ltd.

Trading Standards Institute

Trading Standards South East Ltd.

UK Weighing Federation

VAT Liaison

West Sussex county council

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) spent the following on external training courses (figures rounded to nearest £1,000):

Spent on external training courses (£)







Figures include amounts paid in respect of training materials and external training venues.

The following external training providers were used:

Activity Information Management Ltd.

Advanced Workplace Associates

Anti-Counterfeiting Group

Ark Conferences Ltd.

Aston University

Barefoot Ceramics Ltd.

Bespoke Speechwriting Services Ltd.

British Institute of Facilities Management Ltd.

British Red Cross

British Standards Institution

Bryan Boon Management Training

Business in the Community

Business Language Services Ltd.

Business Systems Group

Butler Direct Ltd.


Capita Business Services Ltd.

Cardiff Council

Cardiff University


Certitec Ltd.

City and Guilds Institute

Coleg Gwent

Common Purpose UK

Computeraid Ltd.

CQ Consultancy

Croydon Coaches Ltd.

Dearden Studios

Department For Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Development Partnership

Dyslexia Action

E Academy Ltd.

Ecom Learning Solutions Ltd.

ECTA 2008

Elliott Training Ltd.

EMC Computer Systems (UK) Ltd.

Enterprise North East Trust

European Patent Office

F1 Computing Systems Ltd.

First Europe Ltd.


Get Out Go Country

GovNet Communications

Harvard Business School

Hawksmere Ltd.

Hyatt Regency Birmingham

Ideafreaks Ltd.

Ilex Tutorial College Ltd.

ILX Group plc

Impact Factory Training

Informa (UK) Ltd.

Institute of Welsh Affairs

Intellectual Property Institute

Ivy Learning Services Ltd.

JB International Consultants Ltd.

Key Consultancy Ltd.

Lancashire Police Authority

Learning Tree International Ltd.

Lester Hotels (Usk) Ltd. T/As Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa

LogicaCMG UK Ltd.

LRQA Limited

MEGA International Ltd.

Mitie Facilities Services Ltd.

Newport City Council

Noble Training Solutions

Now You're Talking Business


Open University

ORC International Ltd.

P Starr

PA Promotions Ltd.

Palladium Training and Consultancy

Parity Training Ltd.

Penna plc

Perpetual Solutions

Personnel and Personal Training Services Ltd.

Posturite (UK) Ltd.

Prince's Trust

Public Service Partnership Ltd.

QA-IQ Ltd.

Quadrilect Ltd.

RADA Enterprise


Roffey Park Institute Ltd.

S Smart T/A Smart Move

Saville Audio Visual

Siemens Enterprise Communications Ltd.

Skillpath Seminars

Spearhead Training Group

SQS Group Ltd.

Stanton Marris

Synergy:TS Ltd.

Ten Alps Communications Ltd.


Theatre and Ltd.

Thomas Carroll Management Services Ltd.

Torfaen County Borough Council

Trading Standards Institute

TSL Education Ltd.

UNICO Commercial Projects Ltd.

University of Glamorgan

University of Wales Newport

Veolia Transport Cymru T/As Bebb Travel Plc

Verhoef Training Ltd.

Welsh Assembly Government

Whitehall and Industry Group

World Trade Group Limited

External training providers aforementioned include those suppliers external to the government body concerned but not necessarily external to Government itself.