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London, 9th October 2002: Deverill Training Services has completed a major contract to train some 1,600 staff of The Department for Transport in the use of a new Electronic Briefing System for civil servants and Ministers.

The Government has set ambitious targets for the use of Information Technology. These include having all filing done electronically by 2004 and having all services available to the citizen electronically by 2005.

As part of these initiatives, the Department for Transport has implemented an Electronic Briefing System (EBS), designed by Logica, which files briefing documents centrally so that they can be accessed by all departments. The system, based upon Lotus Notes, provides templates for public statements and speeches, which are stored in an easily accessible system enabling any Minister or civil servant to log on for immediate access to up-to-date background information.

Use of Information Technology within the Department for Transport was already high, but it was essential that all staff should be fully trained in the use of the new EBS system if maximum benefit was to be achieved from the significant investment made.

Deverill was selected by Logica to train the Department for Transport's 1600 users. Deverill's training specialists met the system's pilot users in January 2001 and designed the EBS training course from scratch. It was a Department for Transport requirement that the individual courses must last no longer than 3 hours.

Deverill Training devised the course, wrote an 80 page-training manual, ran the pilot course at the beginning of February and went live with the first course on 8 February. From then until 31 July, Deverill ran at least two courses every day. The courses were held on site at the Department for Transport's Great Minster House in Victoria.

The course consisted of three sections: Introduction to Lotus Notes, Introduction to EBS and background on why EBS was designed and when, how, and why government policy documents need to be held on central system.

From February to July, some 1600 Department for Transport staff completed the course all of whom are now actively using the system. Delegates included all grades of civil servants as well as some government Ministers, including Sally Keeble MP and Dr Alan Whitehead MP

According to Deverill Training's Bill Norris, 'Our training services have ensured that the EBS system can be used effectively to offer much improved flexibility. For example, Ministers can now take a laptop in the car with them to download up-to-the minute information arriving at their destination fully briefed.'

'Another useful bi product of our involvement in this project is that we now have full security clearance for carrying out future training projects within Government.'

About Deverill Training

Established in 1979, Deverill Limited is a leading UK systems integrator, software developer and provider of computer services and solutions and IT training to corporate users.

Based in Poole, Dorset, Deverill also has offices in Southampton, West London and Coventry. The company's revenue for 1998/9 was £15 million and continuing rapid growth means Deverill projects further growth of 50% - targeting revenues to exceed £22 million by the end of 2001.

As well as training at its own sites, Deverill also provides extensive on-site training to its blue-chip customers. The company provides the widest range of IT training courses covering the Microsoft and Lotus suites from the Introductory to Advanced Levels, including full training or upgrade courses in Microsoft Office 2000. Accredited technical training is provided to suit individual client needs as well as Microsoft Accredited courses, provided in partnership with Knowledge Pool.

Deverill Training Services also offers a unique Training Needs Analysis software tool that enables organisations to determine the skill level of their staff and the training work needed to achieve maximum returns on investment made in information technology.

Deverill is a central member of the Cairnsford Technology Group (CTG) which has grown rapidly, both organically and by acquisition, since its formation two years ago. With group annual revenues of £25 million, CTG is on target to meet its objective of £50 million capitalisation within the next two years.

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Tony Kingston

Deverill Ltd

Tel: 01202 785072


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Jacqui Green Marketing & PR

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