Department for Communities And Local Government Commission Training4GIS to Provide Flexible Geographic Information Integration Awareness Programme

19 October 2006: Cambridge - Training4GIS™, the training and consultancy division of The GeoInformation Group™, announce today that earlier this year it was selected, via a competitive tender, by Department for Communities And Local Government (DCLG), formerly the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, as the preferred training provider to support its strategy to increase the use of Geographic Information (GI) across DCLG.

DCLG has an active GI team and several focused groups of GI users across the Department. The small central GI team’s aim is to increase the use of geographic information across DCLG. The GI forum it organises is used to spread awareness to over 300 staff and to identify possible applications for wider use of GI.

Training4GIS was appointed to develop a tailored training programme. Key to the training was the provision of a flexible approach for the varying levels of training that was required. This was to ensure that the diverse range of directorates that comprise DCLG, including both policy makers and analysts, were catered for.

The initial aim of the training programme was to introduce as many staff as possible to the opportunities for integrating GI into their work activities and the benefits for policy-making, monitoring and analysis. To encourage staff to implement GI they would have to recognise ‘what’ GI could do for them but also ‘how’ it could easily and quickly produce results and/or aid understanding.

In working closely with the GI team, Training4GIS developed a programme that pushed the boundaries of traditional off-the-shelf training. The ongoing programme includes lunchtime awareness briefings, half-day workshops, practical classes and a senior managers seminar. Various levels of training were tailored to address the strategic priorities of DCLG whilst the flexible structure enabled case studies to be adapted to meet the specific requirements of attendees.

A GIS consultant from the GI Team (Analytical Services) at DCLG comments “We have been impressed by the flexible and professional service that is currently being provided byTraining4GIS and already reaping the benefits from this bespoke training programme”.

The training programme is expected to continue through to Spring 2007. On completion of the training programme, Training4GIS will provide DCLG with a complete set of tutor notes, course materials. A Train the Trainer workshop will provide the GI team with the knowledge and skills required to undertake future in-house training.

For further information about this press release, please contact Nikki Jones or Rachel Widdicombe (tel: 01223 880077).

About Training 4 GIS

Training 4 GIS, The GeoInformation Group’s training and consultancy arm, provides high quality GIS and imagery training solutions specialising in tailored solutions designed to meet the specific training requirements of the customer.

Training 4 GIS has trained a diverse and extensive range of staff from the public and private sectors across the UK. Experiences range from intensive systems applications, data management, analysis and software training for operation staff through to geospatial information strategy training for senior managers.

Training 4 GIS is a Licensed Partner of the Ordnance Survey, has Ordnance Survey Accredited Data Consultants and an S-CAT approved supplier of training services to government organisations.

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