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Departmental Training

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials within his Department received training other than language training in financial year (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; and how many he expects to receive such training in 2009-10. (307048)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides a wide range of developmental and skills training to staff in the UK and overseas. This includes face-to-face training in the UK and through regional training centres overseas (RTCs) and e-learning courses. In financial year 2008-09 human resources directorate offered about 1,929 face-to-face training places in the UK and 10,231 places through RTCs. More than 4,450 staff in the UK and overseas used e-learning courses.

Directorates and posts in the FCO also provide subject specific training, for example on economic reporting, counter terrorism, security, information technology, climate change. It would incur a disproportionate cost to provide details of the number of staff trained by directorates and posts as this information is not held centrally.

The number of training places we offer in financial year 2010-11 will depend on the budget available. Providing appropriate training for staff in the UK and overseas will remain an important tool in helping staff deliver the FCO’s departmental strategic objectives effectively.