Capita wins nearly £1bn Royal Navy contract for training services

21 December 2020 (Last Updated December 21st, 2020 12:28)

A Capita-led consortium has won an estimated £1bn contract to deliver training services to the UK Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Capita wins nearly £1bn Royal Navy contract for training services
Royal Marines on patrol in Afghanistan. Credit: Cpl Barry Lloyd RLC/MOD.

The consortium comprises Raytheon UK, Elbit Systems UK and Fujitsu and a number of smaller British suppliers.

Under the twelve-year contract, the winning bidder Capita will be responsible for upgrading the Royal Navy’s shore-based training in 16 sites located across the country.

Capita noted that the consortium will review and modernise all training courses to meet the Navy’s requirements, run live on-the-ground training and deploy new digital learning and training simulation technology methods.

Capita CEO Jon Lewis said: “The award is a measure of the confidence and trust the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence have in Capita’s expertise in the transformation and digitally-enabled delivery of critical defence services. It also reflects the strong relationship Capita has with the Government as a strategic supplier.

“We look forward to working with the consortium of world-class partners that Capita has brought together and the Royal Navy to transform, modernise and create better outcomes for the training service.”

The consortium will manage all related Royal Navy training equipment, enhance accreditation and apprenticeship, and market the service’s courses.

It will also provide data through performance dashboards and manage information technology (IT) infrastructure, as well as operate UK Navy learning hubs and career advice services.

The new services will be delivered by about 1,100 employees from the consortium members, who will work alongside the working staff of the Royal Navy.

According to Capita, the contract is expected to be profitable in its first full year.

Royal Navy People and Training director rear admiral Phil Hally said: “The award of this 12-year contract to Capita marks a major milestone for Navy Transformation.

“This contract will transform the way we train our people, unlocking more opportunities for them to fulfil their potential and get better-trained people to the frontline, quicker.”