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Metrix awarded £31m training contract


QinetiQ Group PLC, an international provider of technology-based services, announces that Metrix, a joint venture between QinetiQ and Sodexo, has been awarded a £31m contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), as part of the Defence Training Review (DTR) Package 1 PFI Project.

The Early Training Transformation (ETT) contract will see the consortium, the Preferred Bidder for the MOD’s DTR Package 1 Project, take the first important steps toward providing key improvements to the UK Armed Forces’ technical trade training.

Commenting on the award of the contract Graham Love, QinetiQ CEO 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 Package 1 Project aims to transform the way the MOD delivers specialist engineering, communications and information systems training on a Defence-wide basis.

Metrix is a consortium led by QinetiQ, which leads the training delivery arm and Sodexo, an international facilities management group, chosen by the UK MOD to provide training design and development services. It will also build and run the UK MOD’s Defence Technical College (DTC) in St Athan, South Wales.

The ETT contract is designed to introduce improvements to key elements of the Armed Forces’ specialist training programmes. Metrix will use Raytheon, a principal member of the Metrix consortium and a leading US technology company specialising in defence, homeland security and global training services, as the main sub-contractor to undertake the work which will provide the foundations to enable QinetiQ-led teams to deliver the technical trade training.

Brigadier Tony Harking, the leader of the Integrated Project Team (IPT), the team which 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.”


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