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Reforms are now underway to make Civil Service training more modern, efficient and cost-effective the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has announced

In a shake up, estimated to save the taxpayer around £90 million a year, the Civil Service will move away from expensive residential and classroom-based training to focus on work-based and online training.

Francis Maude said:

We need to transform the Civil Service into a modern, dynamic and innovative organisation and part of this process is to ensure that we invest in the right skills needed to ensure excellence in public services.

“For too long we have relied on expensive residential and classroom-based training, duplicating effort across departments.The new Civil Service Learning will focus on work-based approaches including e-learning and will directly involve managers in the training process.

“The reforms in training will save around £90M per year and at the same time improve the quality and impact of training. It will also create greater flexibility by sourcing much of the training from external providers including small and medium sized enterprises.

“As part of these reforms, the National School of Government will close on 31 March 2012. Until then the School will remain open for business and provide a range of products to support Civil Service Learning.

Changes to Civil Service training are now well underway and are expected to be completed by April 2012. Some of these include:


  • Learning and development in the Civil Service is moving away from residential and classroom to work-based and e-learning, increasing line manager’s involvement. Figures for 2010-11 show a 76% increase in online training days in government departments.
  • Training will focus on business needs and building the priority skills the Civil Service needs for the future. These include, building leadership capability and talent and improving performance management
  • The new Civil Service Learning (CS Learning) operation, established in April 2011 in the Home Office, will buy training for the whole Civil Service replacing inefficient duplication across departments.
  • The National School of Government will close on 31 March 2012. During 2011/12 the School remains open for business, and is providing a range of products to CSL to support the delivery of the Common Curriculum.

Source: Cabinet Office

Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 14 October 2011 10:10

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