My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Michael Fallon) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT) delivers training and education to engineers and technicians from all three Services, at Schools located at Ministry of Defence (MOD) Lyneham, Blandford Garrison, RAF Cosford, HMS Sultan at Gosport and MOD St Athan. The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) schools are due to move shortly from Bordon and Arborfield to MOD Lyneham, under Tranche 1 of the Defence Technical Training Change Programme (DTTCP).
The DTTCP was established to take forward one of the key outcomes from the Defence Training Review, the need to transform the way technical training is delivered to the Armed Forces. It is also seeking ways to rationalise the training estate in line with Defence objectives; reduce the military manpower involved in the delivery of training; reduce the time taken for personnel to be trained, and maintain training to the standards required by all three Services.
Due to the enormity of the task we planned to implement training transformation in a phased manner, split into a series of tranches, the first being the relocation of the REME Schools from Bordon and Arborfield to MOD Lyneham. For the subsequent tranches of the programme, the original intent was to consolidate additional elements of the DCTT at MOD Lyneham. However, a recently completed re-evaluation of the programme has determined that the consolidation onto a single site at MOD Lyneham is not the best solution.
The revised DTTCP will result in the Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering & Survival Equipment School remaining at HMS Sultan. It will also see No. 1 School of Technical Training, the Aeronautical Engineering & Management Training School and the No. 1 Radio School remaining at RAF Cosford and subject to further work, these schools will be joined at RAF Cosford by No. 4 School of Technical Training from MOD St Athan.
The future location of the Royal School of Signals, currently based at Blandford Garrison, is being assessed as part of the Footprint Strategy work to establish a more effective use of the Defence estate in support of Military capability. This will report during 2016.
The school Commandants at each site have informed their service personnel, civil servants and contractors of these plans. The Trade Unions have been briefed.
The resetting of the DTTCP will not affect the rebasing of the REME schools to MOD Lyneham.