DCTS: Delivering A National First

Did you know that the Defence Centre of Training and Support (DCTS), part of the MOD’s Directorate General Training and Education, based at Royal Air Force Halton in Buckinghamshire, was the first employer-based training organisation to award in-house instructors with a Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).

The CTLLS qualification forms part of the Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) qualifications framework, which is a major part of the Government’s Further Education Teaching Reforms, introduced in September 2007.

Students on the course are also registered with the Institute for Learning (IfL) as Associate Teachers to enable them to work towards achieving Associate Teacher Learning and Skills Status, which is now nationally recognised within the Further Education Sector.

DCTS was established in 2003 as the Defence Training Organisation that provides training for all instructors as well as education on training management, computer based training, Video Production and delivery of the Defence Learning Portal.

DCTS has been able to award the CTLLS qualification by mapping the Services’ Train the Trainer Course, which has been delivered to Instructors from the three Services who provide training in Military Initial Training Establishments since April 2006.

The first 21 students successfully graduated on September 2007 and were presented with their CTLLS Certificates by Air Commodore Martin Doel, The MOD’s then Director of Training and Education and Mr Trevor Luker, Director of UK Education Sales for EDEXCEL.

Colonel Geoff Draper, the then Commanding Officer, Defence Centre of Training and Support said at the time:

“It is important that our students are recognised for their achievements and I am extremely proud that we are one of the first organisations to offer this nationally recognised qualification so soon after it was formally introduced by LLUK.”

“This continues the well established tradition in recognising the high standards and professionalism of military instructors in Defence with individuals also benefiting from the knowledge that their qualifications are directly transferable to the civilian environment should they decide to pursue a second career in the Further Education sector.”

In November 2004 the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education announced the Government’s proposals for the reform of Initial Teacher Training for the Further Education (FE) sector. These were reinforced and developed in the FE White Paper ‘Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances 2006′, which expanded the scope of the reforms to include the wider workforce.

On 1 September 2007 the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills’ (formerly part of the Department of Education and Skills) legal and contractual requirements were implemented to support the reforms. Those included the introduction of new qualifications and a professional status for FE teachers across colleges and other LSC-funded providers; continuing professional development (CPD) and registration requirements.

Lifelong Learning UK is the Sector Skills Council responsible for the professional development of all those working in community learning and development; further education; higher education; libraries, archives and information services; and work-based learning.


Edexcel. (2007) Halton Training Centre Delivers A National First for Defence. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.edexcel.com/Aboutus/press-room/press-releases/Pages/ViewItem.aspx?filter=731. [Accessed: 02 May, 2013].


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