Metrix, a joint venture between Qinetiq and Sodexo, has secured a £31m contract from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to improve technical trade training.
The Early Training Transformation (ETT) contract forms part of the Defence Training Review (DTR) Package 1 private finance initiative (PFI) project that aims to improve the way the MoD delivers specialist engineering, communications and information systems training.
Graham Love, Qinetiq’s chief executive, said: ‘We are delighted that Metrix has been awarded the ETT contract. It is a significant vote of confidence from the MoD in the consortium’s ability to begin to introduce improvements to training delivery as we continue to move forward to financial close on the overall DTR programme, which remains on track for 2010.’
The DTR programme is aimed at training more than 20,000 students a year at the MoD’s Defence Technical College base in St Athan, South Wales. The ETT contract will provide improvements to current training methods through training provider Raytheon as a subcontractor for the work.
Brigadier Tony Harking, the leader of the integrated project team that manages the DTR Package1 project, said: ‘In order to be ready for the move to St Athan in 2014, it is necessary to undertake a degree of training transformation early, hence ETT. ETT will provide both parties with greater confidence that the process is successful when applied to British forces’ technical training.’