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Departmental Training

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which external organisations the Cabinet Office has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in the Cabinet Office have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period. (252229)

The Cabinet Office does not arrange training for members of the civil service fast stream programme. Each Department is responsible for determining training and development arrangements for its own fast streamers. There is no central co-ordination or record of fast stream training civil service-wide.

The Cabinet Office does however offer training for the fast streamers it employs directly. The Department currently employs 14 fast streamers. All these fast streamers have participated in training provided by external providers in the last three years. The majority of fast stream training is provided by the National School of Government. Other training providers are on an occasional basis, within Government procurement guidelines.