New training system depends on departmental support, says Arnott

The head of Civil Service Learning (CSL), Jerry Arnott, has told CSW that he’s relying on departments’ procurement and finance professionals to ensure that all training purchases pass through CSL’s ‘Gateway’ – a key element of the reforms to civil service training set to come into force on 1 April.

By Civil Service World

28 Mar 2012

“Ultimately, for the civil service to get value out of CSL, the business needs to comply with the requirement of all learning and development procurement going through that gateway,” he said. “However, the monitoring of that is dependent on the procurement and finance functions in those businesses supporting that line and ensuring that line managers follow that route.”

“I and my team can’t do that, and nor would we want to; we’re not in the role of policing, but of enabling. So the monitoring and policing of this is entirely dependent on the finance and procurement communities supporting what is a Cabinet Office directive.”

Under the CSL model, all non-specialist civil service training will be supplied by Capita or one of its subcontractors, with departments requiring CSL approval to look elsewhere for training that Capita is unable to source.

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