February 2023

Wiltshire tech firm lands contract to train international scientists at CERN

Framework Training at CERN. A Wiltshire technical training company has landed a prestigious contract. The work is to train scientists and staff at the world-renowned research centre, CERN.

Framework Training overcame strong competition from other providers to win the contract with the Geneva-based intergovernmental organisation. CERN operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and is home to the Large Hadron Collider.

Marlborough Country

Based in Marlborough, Framework Training specialises in delivering expert, instructor-led, hands-on technical training. They boast clients across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. The contract with CERN is to deliver training in the Python programming language. Taking the training is a range of staff from support and admin staff to scientists and data analysts.

Framework Training at CERN - Ian Watson MD
Framework Training at CERN – Ian Watson MD

an Watson, Managing Director of Framework Training, attributed the company’s success in landing the contract to its excellent reputation as a technical training provider. One they’ve built over the last decade. Its status as a B Corp company, demonstrating its formal commitment to social and environmental responsibility, was also cited as a factor in CERN’s decision-making.

‘Being selected is a real honour. From a personal point of view, this project has long held fascination for us. CERN is all about education and public service. It brings European countries together in the name of research. And this is something we’re thrilled to have involvement in. CERN is enormous because it’s such a prestigious organisation. The fact that they’ve chosen a small, UK-based business is fantastic,’ said Ian.

‘We’re now CERN’s provider of Python language training. It’s an accessible language and the de facto choice for scientists and data analysts. CERN is using Python at the very core of all its scientific research. We’ll be working with many people at the organisation. It’ll range from teaching their non-programmers to code through to data analytics training for the scientists.’

Marching on

The training gets underway in March. The contract lasts for an initial three years, with an opportunity for extension. We’ll deliver it via a combination of in-person training in Geneva and remote training via video link. All training will be live and instructor-led.

Ian added: ‘It’s our belief that providing genuine domain experts to guide learners is the most effective way for people to get to grips with new technologies and advanced techniques. Our courses are very hands-on, as people learn best from ‘doing’ rather than listening. Our instructors bring their real-world experience into the classroom. They rarely deliver the same course twice, as they adapt each course to suit the clients and learners we are working with.’

Not only but also

CERN isn’t the only household name Framework Training works with. The team also deliver tech training to organisations such as the BBC, Ordnance Survey, Dell and Cancer Research, as well as several NGOs, universities and NHS Trusts.

Framework Training received an invitation to tender for the contract last August. The invitation came on behalf of CERN from the Swindon-based Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC). CERN had asked STFC to source potential UK-based tech companies to provide its Python training.

Ian said: ‘We were able to speak to CERN to find out more about its requirements. From that we put together a comprehensive proposal. While value and quality were the key metrics, the fact that we are a B Corp was an attractive factor for CERN.’

B Corp

Framework Training, founded in 2010, has been a certified B Corp since 2018. They recently recertified for a further three years with an improved sustainability rating. It’s part of a global movement of businesses ensuring the social and environmental effect of what they do has equal status with profitability.

The company offers a broad range of training in latest technologies used to develop software. For more information about Framework Training, visit https://www.frameworktraining.co.uk/

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