Armed Forces: Skilled Workers

Defence written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Oliver Colvile Oliver Colvile Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Work and Pensions and (b) Business, Innovation and Skills on recognition of the skills acquired by service personnel while serving in the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Royal Marines, (iii) Royal Air Force and (iv) Army by other employers.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 28 February 2012

Wherever possible the armed forces seek to accredit their training to nationally recognised standards. The Department of Work and Pensions has no direct involvement in the accreditation of training, education and work experience but the Ministry of Defence works closely with a range of other bodies across Government including: the Department for Business Innovation and Skills; the Department for Education (Policy); Ofqual (Regulation of Standards), the National Apprenticeship Service; Sector Skills Councils (Standards); and Awarding Organisations (Qualification Development).

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