Government announces guideline training deals for public sector

The government has set-up guideline training contracts for a range skills in the public sector.

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) announced on Friday that best-practice procurement arrangements for buying training contracts are due to replace a large number of existing supplier agreements. They were designed jointly with a number of departments.

Jane Nicholson, a buyer at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said collaboration with the rest of Whitehall would increase the DWP’s buying power and give it access to a better range of training suppliers than before.

The ‘Learning and Development and eLearning Solutions framework agreement’, sponsored by Government Skills – the Sector Skills Council for central government – will deliver learning and development solutions for the public sector across 22 key competency areas ranging from communications, marketing and customer service to working with ministers, management, leadership and policy skills.

The agreement is built around the Professional Skills for Government competency framework, which sets out the skills standards all civil servants need and is used as the basis for all government departments’ competency frameworks.

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