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Money spent on IT training

Request for information – FOI14525

Request

Thank you for your email of 5 February 2015, requesting:

  1. In the last two years have you purchased any it technical training for the ICT/IT department from QA training covering IT Technical Courses such as Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, Citrix and Cisco?
  2. What is the exact job title of the manger or team leader in ICT/IT department who has made the purchase?
  3. Has the ICT/IT technical department pre-paid for this training? If they have, please state amount spent.
  4. Have they, in the last three years purchased a Skills Licence IT Training Package from QA training, please state the amount purchased and the amounts remaining?
  5. Has the buying IT manger secured three quotes for the purchase of the skills licence? If so which were the other companies who submitted the exact same skills licence prices?
  6. When will the next skills licence be purchased by the ICT/IT Department?
  7. Who will purchase the next ICT technical training skills licence?
  8. Please provide an ICT department organisation chart.
  9. How many people are there in the ICT department?
  10. Does the ICT/IT technical department purchase IT technical training for products such Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Oracle and Citrix in February and March to utilise remaining budget for the financial year if so how do you justify the purchase?
  11. How much have you spent on training for the past three financial years? Also please list the top three suppliers that you use for training?
  12. At what points during the year does the department make decisions to purchase training throughout the year? How much of the training budget remains for this financial year (ending 31 March 2015)?
  13. Who is responsible for purchasing department’s training (i.e. which departments and who are the decision makers)?

Response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested. Where the information is not held or is exempt from disclosure this is detailed.

I am pleased to provide you with the attached information with regard to your request.

  1. Ordnance Survey has purchased IT technical training for the ICT/IT department from QA training covering IT technical courses such as Microsoft, VMware, Oracle, Citrix and Cisco.
  2. The job title in ICT/IT department who has made the purchase for IT technical training is the Learning and Development team.
  3. In the last two years Ordnance Survey ICT/IT technical department has pre-paid for training to secure places. The total spends on technical training with QA for the financial years 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 is £64,990.
  4. Ordnance Survey has not purchased a Skills Licence IT Training Package from QA training in the last three years.
  5. Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.
  6. Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.
  7. Ordnance Survey does not hold this information.
  8. Please find attached Ordnance Survey Information Systems department organisation chart.
  9. There are 216 members of staff in the Ordnance Survey Information Systems department.
  10. Ordnance Survey ICT department does not purchase IT technical training for products such as Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Oracle and Citrix in February and March to utilise remaining budgets for the financial year.
  11. Ordnance Survey has spent £1580,844 on training for the past three financial years. The top three training suppliers for Ordnance Survey are Civil Service Learning, Learning Connexions and ESRI UK Ltd.
  12. Ordnance Survey starts planning for training expenditure late quarter three of one financial year for the training expenditure for the following financial year. There is a continual process throughout the year dependant on the business needs. A zero balance is remaining in the training budget for this financial year.
  13. Ordnance Survey HR department are responsible for all purchases of departmental training.

Internal review

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FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
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SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

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