Skills Council extends Xansa deal

The Learning and Skills Council has awarded Xansa a two-year IT contract extension worth £24m.

The Learning and Skills Council has awarded Xansa a two-year IT contract extension worth £24m.

Xansa has worked with the Learning and Skills Council since March 2001 and the extension will cover IT systems development, support and related services. It will support management information activities and systems that will allow the council to provide smoother, more efficient funding and planning processes for post-16 education in the UK.

David Russell, director of resources at the Learning and Skills Council, said, "This agreement allows the Learning and Skills Council to focus its energies on providing the joined up information and services that will deliver the transformation of skills that the British economy needs now and in the future."

Samad Masood, an analyst at Ovum Holway, said the original council contract was worth £12m in its first year and the value of the extension - worth another £12m each year - contrasted with the current trend for contracts to decrease in value as they mature.

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