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Departmental Training

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many external training courses were attended by staff of his Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each course. (289692)

Human resources directorate sponsors three significant courses, which sit outside of the main Foreign and Commonwealth Office training framework. These are:

Open University Scheme:

Programme timings May 2008-May 2009

Approximately 130 persons enrolled

£3,000 cost per person

£390,000 approx total cost

Advanced Apprenticeships:

56 persons enrolled

A part of the Government Pathfinder Scheme which is fully funded by the Learning and Skills Council.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development—HR related qualifications/yearly subscriptions:

Number not centrally recorded.

Other departments in London and posts overseas are likely to sponsor other external courses. However records are not held centrally so we cannot provide this information without incurring disproportionate cost.