Dear Birmingham Metropolitan College,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
Please can you provide information on the following:

1. Does your organisation use a Learning Management System and e-learning provision for employee / staff training?
2. If no, are there ongoing plans to purchase a Learning Management System and e-learning provision for employee training in the near future?
3. What is the name of the Learning Management System (product name) and which company is it purchased from?
4. Provide brief information of the current e-learning courses that are used in employee training.
5. Who provides the e-learning courses that are used in employee training?
6. Provide the development themes of the eLearning courses that are used in employee training (i.e. Compliance, Safeguarding, etc.)
7. Value of the current contract, date of commencement and date of expiry.
8. Who is responsible for ensuring the LMS and e-learning provision meets the local authorities training requirements?
9. Can you please provide your current organisational structure for the college.
I would like the above information to be provided to me via email.
If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.
I understand that you are required to respond to my request within the 20 working days after receipt, however I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or phone and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for, my details are outlined below.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Sharman

Catherine Bennett,

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Dear Chris

Thank you for your email dated 17 May 2018, requesting information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act"). I can confirm that the College holds some of the information that falls within your request. The College's response is set out in CAPITALS below. If you are not satisfied with the College’s response, please contact me directly in the first instance. If you still remain dissatisfied, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Catherine Bennett
Information Officer,
Company Secretary to Harborne Academy and
Governance Advisor to Birmingham Metropolitan College
Tel: 0121 503 8579
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]

My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays but this may change from time to time.

From: Chris Sharman [mailto:[FOI #485652 email]]
Sent: 17 May 2018 08:51
To: FOI requests at Birmingham Metropolitan College
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Workforce Development Information

Dear Birmingham Metropolitan College,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.
Please can you provide information on the following:

1. Does your organisation use a Learning Management System and e-learning provision for employee / staff training?

YES

2. If no, are there ongoing plans to purchase a Learning Management System and e-learning provision for employee training in the near future?

N/A

3. What is the name of the Learning Management System (product name) and which company is it purchased from?

SKILLGATE FROM SKILLGATE LTD BASED IN HEYSHOTT

4. Provide brief information of the current e-learning courses that are used in employee training.

THE COLLEGE HAS A SUITE OF MANDATORY TRAINING COURSES THAT IT ASSIGNS TO ALL EMPLOYEES AND EACH HAS A RENEWAL FREQUENCY ATTACHED TO IT.

We have a suite of mandatory training courses that we assigned to all employees, each has a renewal frequency attached to it.

What When

Safeguarding Level 1* Each year
Prevent Each year
Fire Safety Each year
Handling information Securely Each year
Introduction to GDPR Each year
Understanding Equality and Diversity Every three years
Avoiding slips and trips Every three years
An introduction to Working Safely Every three years
Manual Handling Every three years
Fundamental British Values (FBV) Every three years

EMPLOYEES ALSO HAVE ACCESS TO THE SKILLGATE CATALOGUE OF TRAINING COURSES THAT ARE READILY AVAILABLE FOR THEM TO CHOSE FROM FREE OF CHARGE

5. Who provides the e-learning courses that are used in employee training?

ALL OF OUR MANDATORY TRAINING COURSES ARE DEVELOPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SKILLGATE

6. Provide the development themes of the eLearning courses that are used in employee training (i.e. Compliance, Safeguarding, etc.)

SEE LIST IN Q.4 ABOVE

7. Value of the current contract, date of commencement and date of expiry.

THE COLLEGE HAS AN ANNUAL AGREEMENT WHICH IS DUE FOR RENEWAL IN APRIL EACH YEAR. IN TERMS OF THE COST OF THE SERVICE, THIS INFORMATION IS COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE AND NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO DISCLOSE. THEREFORE THE COST OF THE SERVICE IS EXEMPT FROM BEING PROVIDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH S.43 OF THE ACT.

8. Who is responsible for ensuring the LMS and e-learning provision meets the local authorities training requirements?

ALL OF THE COLLEGE'S TRAINING PROVISION IS DFEVELOPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ITS QUALITY DEPARTMENT.

9. Can you please provide your current organisational structure for the college.

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