Team Fisher, the Capita-led consortium including Raytheon UK, Elbit Systems UK, Fujitsu, the University of Lincoln and several smaller British suppliers, has successfully met the six-month milestone in its 12-year programme to transform and modernise the Royal Navy’s shore-based training across 16 sites.
Capita’s consortium has continued to make strong progress since taking over the contract in April 2021 when Capita and its partners transferred more than 800 colleagues to deliver and facilitate training for service personnel. Training has continued smoothly in the last six months, with no interruption to planned training through the handover process.
Team Fisher’s approach will make learning more personalised for service personnel, which aligns with the Navy’s wider transformation agenda to make training more flexible and efficient and to minimise time spent away from the front line.
As the service is modernised, it will provide the Royal Navy with qualified and more motivated and experienced personnel who are equipped with the skills and expertise needed to deal better with the challenges of the future.
As part of the six-month milestone further services have transferred to Team Fisher, including the Royal Navy’s Future Training Unit (FTU).
Raytheon UK will be responsible for running the FTU, with support from the Royal Navy, with a number of personnel transferring over to their business. An additional four people will transfer to Capita’s base in Portsmouth. This follows 12 colleagues who transferred to the University of Lincoln on 1 September 2021. As a Team Fisher partner, the University will be accrediting and validating a number of subjects based at the Britannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth.
The FTU is sited at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire, and is one of the most innovative centres for defence course development in the UK. The FTU achieves this through the development of high quality and effective instructor-led Computer-Aided Instruction material. It also conducts training and learning design activities and 2-D, 3-D interactive and virtual reality media development.
The courses the unit produces enable personnel to develop a range of skills including those required to fulfil their roles on new vessels, such as the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers.
David Hook, managing director of Capita Defence Training, said: “We are proud of the significant progress we have made in enabling the Royal Navy to transform their shore-based training since April this year.
“Over the next 12 years, we will work with our partners and the Royal Navy to continue to modernise and improve the service to provide world-class Navy training. The transfer of the Future Training Unit to Team Fisher is a significant milestone in the contract”.
Roger Foster, Selborne programme manager for Raytheon UK, said: “The Future Training Unit plays a crucial role in developing training to meet the operational capabilities of the future”.
“We are delighted to be involved in the ongoing development of the FTU, ensuring that it continues to exploit the very best in emerging technology and develops the next generation of Royal Navy personnel with the latest tools and technologies”.
Notes to editors:
Team Fisher is combining a range of sophisticated technologies, processes and training management systems to fulfil the 12-year Royal Navy shore-based training contract. It is:
- Reviewing and modernising all training courses and providing accompanying analytics to ensure training methods best meet the Royal Navy’s needs.
- Running live on-the-ground training, and developing and deploying new methods, including digital learning and training simulation technology.
- Managing all the associated Royal Navy training equipment including procurement and decommissioning.
- Providing data through performance dashboards for Royal Navy management and managing IT infrastructure.
- Improving accreditation and apprenticeship management, and running Royal Navy learning and development hubs and career advice services.
- Marketing Royal Navy courses to the wider international defence market and identifying further revenue opportunities for the service.
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