May 07 2014
Serco to deliver Qatar Armed Forces Staff training
Qatar May 7th 2014 – Serco has signed a three-year, £26m contract with Qatar’s Ministry of Defence to deliver Staff College training for the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF) in its capital Doha.
The Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College (JBJJCSC), which opened in May 2013 is modeled on the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy, which Serco has managed and operated since 2000.
Serco will deliver the professional military education course at the postgraduate level for the QAF’s mid career officers (Majors and Lieutenant Colonels) from the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force over an initial three-year period. The courses will be delivered in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Kings College London. The first 40 students have already started their year-long course in Doha.
The full scope of the JBJJCSC contract will include the development and delivery of adapted course material from the UK Defence Academy, investment in Information Technology, and the provision of a Learning Resource Centre and Integrated Facilities Management.
The development of the JBJJCSC and the establishment of this flagship course represents the first step towards a structured education and training pathway for Qatar’s military leaders of tomorrow.
This contract highlights Serco’s growing influence in the Defence and Security Sector in the Gulf.
David Greer, Serco Middle East CEO said, “This announcement marks an important step for Serco’s engagement in Qatar and the Middle East. We are delighted that the State of Qatar has trusted us to deliver a world class Defence education to its Armed Forces at the Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College. This contract reflects Serco’s continued growth in the Middle East more widely and demonstrates our commitment to delivering high quality services.”
Lord Livingston, UK Trade and Investment Minister commented: “This contract will further strengthen the ties between the UK and Qatar. The deal shows there is continued demand for the expertise of British firms worldwide and that our Defence Growth Partnership is working. This also demonstrates how highly regarded our Armed Forces – and the training they receive in the UK – are overseas.”
For further information, please contact Serco:
Serco Middle East: Dona Daher,
Communications Manager (Middle East)
+971 56 216 8193,
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