Home Office splashes out £9,000 – on iPods

MP3 players

Do civil servants need iPods? Well, apparently so, with news that the Home Office has spent £9,000 kitting out staff with Apple’s music player, according to a report in The Times.

It’s all in the name of research, they claim, with each of the video iPods loaded with training films to pilot more flexible ways of teaching. In a statement, the Home Office said the iPods can hold the equivalent of three days’ worth of classroom training material, which can be constantly re-used.

The Home Office statement continued: “We are constantly seeking to find the most cost-effective way of providing learning and development across the department. Video iPods pre-loaded with 50 three-to five-minute leadership lessons are currently being piloted with a small number of senior civil service staff. As with other modern learning aids, iPods provide the opportunity for flexible learning and the cost is extremely competitive compared with the rates for classroom training for senior staff.”

It was also added that the players would be monitored for appropriate use – so no loading with your favourite tunes for the daily commute.

Home Office website

Dave Walker
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