The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has named Capgemini UK plc as its preferred
bidder in its mission to select a long-term IT partner for the five-year period
from 2008-2013. The decision follows the LSC’s review of competitive proposals
from several leading national and multinational vendors.

Both parties expect to finalise the contract by mid-November with the transition
of IT from the LSC’s two current incumbent partners to Capgemini beginning in
January 2008. The value of the contract will be announced when it is signed.

Following contract finalisation, Capgemini will become the LSC’s prime IT partner
with responsibilities spanning all core business systems and including IT infrastructure,
applications and networking, as well as support for some 3,000 desktop users across
a number of LSC locations. Capgemini will also be required to deploy its global
expertise in technology to ensure that IT support across the Council moves forward
and is continuously maintained at optimum levels throughout the five-year period.

The main reasons for Capgemini’s success against competing bids are the quality,
expertise and insight of its detailed and cost-effective proposals, supported
by outstanding references from its existing UK outsourcing and consulting clients
in the public and private sectors.

The LSC says that efficient management of information is vital to its mission
to improve the skills of England’s young people and adults to ensure the nation
has a workforce of world-class standard.

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Press contacts:

Tom Barton

Tel.:+44 (0)870 2382491

Email:tom.barton@capgemini.co.uk

Colin Wright

Learning and Skills Council

Tel: +44 (0)2476 82 5676

Email:colin.wright@lsc.gov.uk

About Capgemini

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and
Outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies.
Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their
freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, which it
calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Capgemini reported 2006 global revenues
of EUR 7.7 billion and employs more than 80,000 people worldwide. More information
is available at www.capgemini.com.

About the Learning and Skills Council

The Learning and Skills Council exists to make England better skilled and more
competitive. 
We have a single goal: to improve the skills of England’s young people and adults
to ensure we have a workforce of world-class standard.

The LSC is responsible for planning and funding high quality education and training
for everyone in England other than those in universities.

Our vision is that by 2010, young people and adults in England have knowledge
and skills matching the best in the world and are part of a truly competitive
workforce.

More information is available at www.lsc.gov.uk

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