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MoD Prepares for Change with IT Training


As it prepares to outsource its IT function, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is taking steps to ensure the staff involved are ready for change.

The MoD is offering staff a blended programme leading to the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) qualification.

Named Adapto, and coined 'Fit to stay, Fit to go', the programme aims to ensure that over 200 MoD staff have a demonstrable baseline level of skill in preparation for moving to the outsourcer.

The entry-level network support certification, the MCDST should also give staff a competitive advantage should they choose to seek employment outside the MoD.

Launched in 2004, the ongoing programme is designed to take staff three months to complete. Including skills-assessment and online support, as well as an intensive five-day residential course, the flexible nature of the programme ensures that the learning needs of individuals are fulfilled.

Regional manager for Defence Communications Service Agency (DCSA) South Wales, Philip Rotherham, said that the programme had been "a tremendous success".

"It gave our staff the opportunity to compete head-to-head with their industry peers, as well as representing a renewed recognition of the value of accreditation of employees within the MoD," he said. "The programme as a whole has had a very positive impact on staff morale during a period of significant change and has increased interaction between staff to discuss issues and solve problems."


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