The Learning and Skills Council, which organises non-university education and training, has selected Capgemini as its preferred bidder for a five-year IT contract worth up to £245m.
The deal would see Capgemini replace the LSC’s two existing contractors – Xansa and Fujitsu, whose contracts both expire in the spring - from January next year.
The new contract will cover the provision of IT infrastructure and support for around 3,000 desktop users in the LSC’s headquarters, nine regions and 47 area offices around the country, plus hardware and software support and strategic consultancy.
Development of bespoke applications and systems as necessary and provision of a wide-area network and internal and external telephone services are also included.
The contract, which is expected to be finalised in November, is also set to include options for two one-year extensions.
Earlier this year, the LSC announced plans to invest nearly £60m in technology to improve the learning experience of people in post-16 education or training, up nearly £20m on the previous year.
In January, the LSC signed a contract with LogicaCMG to provide the IT infrastructure for the its Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP) shared services project for education and traing providers.
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