To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of his departmental staff have received vocational training.
The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was formed as a result of Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. The Department's people information is maintained on the HR management systems of the two Departments from which staff were transferred, namely BERR and DCSF. Neither of these Departments is able to provide information on vocational training as their current systems do not hold central information on training or qualifications. As a consequence of this, identification of the level of vocational training could be collected only at disproportionate cost.
The introduction of a single new HR management system in 2009 will allow staff to record their qualifications and thereby enable monitoring.