About Us

Our aim is to support a culture of lifelong learning in a workforce where everyone feels valued and can reach their full potential.

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Who we are

Our team provide training and continued professional development to local authority staff, staff and volunteers in schools, early years settings, childminders, voluntary organisations and those wishing to enter the children and young people’s workforce.

We are committed to a culture of lifelong learning and career development. Whatever your role, we aim to ensure you have the skills and knowledge necessary to help you develop and succeed.

We teach from experience, not just theory. Our training staff are highly knowledgeable, qualified and are all occupationally competent to deliver their courses.  Our SCITT tutors, for example, are all current or former teaching professionals.  All our staff will support and challenge you, helping you become the best practitioner you can be.

Our Staff


Karen Shopland – Service Manager and BAPP Course Leader

Steph Dingle – Project Manager, IQA, Assessor, Tutor

Project Manager leading on apprenticeships and accredited courses.

Claudine Leoni – Project Manager, Assessor, Tutor

Project Manager leading on HEI programmes and CPD/Conferences

Keith Ford – SCITT Programme Manager and SCIL Safeguarding Lead 

Janet Limberg –  Foundation Degree Education and Development – Course Leader 

Michelle Armstrong – Lead IQA/Tutor/Assessor and Foundation Degree – Early Years Course Leader

Nikki Blake – Admin Project Leader

First point of contact for Accredited courses

Aimee Cordioli – Admin Project Leader

First point of contact for Apprenticeships

Julie Walker – Admin Project Lead

First point of contact for SCITT

Sam Fisher – Senior Admin Assistant

First point of contact for CPD courses and Reception/Customer Service

Jude White – Admin Assistant

First point of contact for Foundation Degree and BAPP

Jacqui McDermott – Library & Information Assistant

First point of contact for the SCIL Library and Reception/Customer Service

Achievements and Accolades

IIP Gold – 2022

We are proud to have achieved the Investors In People Gold award. Our culture of continuous improvement, strong leadership and above all, commitment to our staff, means you can expect the highest level of service from our team.

  • 100% of your people strongly feel Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning has clear values
  • 100% strongly agree that they know what to expect from their line manager
  • 100% say they have opportunities to learn at work and 93% feel this strongly
  • 100% say they their organisation embraces change and 93% feel this strongly
  • 100% feel able to balance their work and personal life and 93% feel this strongly
  • 100% say they know what is expected of them and are encouraged to use their initiative and 93% feel these things strongly
  • 100% say Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning is a great place to work!

You’ve improved since 2018 when your overall benchmark was 804, it is now 864.

Comparing Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning with organisations of a similar size (0-49 employees) which have completed the Investors in People survey – your position is:

  • 48 out of 2034 organisations across all sectors
  • 5 out of 115 organisations in the: Other education incl. support activities sector IIP Feedback report 2022

Ofsted Outstanding Initial Teacher Training Provider 2017

Ofsted graded our SCITT programme for initial teacher training as Outstanding In All Areas. Quality teaching, support and facilities all contribute to the excellent results achieved by our students.

“Strong and collaborative partnership working leads to outstanding outcomes. Very high completion and employment rates for trainees, coupled with the excellent progress trainees make in their early teaching careers, are notable features.”

“The partnership’s strong moral purpose is developed around meeting local and regional teaching needs. The partnership provides high quality teachers who are committed to working in the local authority areas. The very high proportion of the high-quality NQTs who gain employment in schools judged to require improvement demonstrates the partnership’s important role in improving educational opportunities for young people in the south west.”  Ofsted report for Somerset SCITT – October 2017, outstanding provider in all areas

Inspire

Principles and Values to Inspire our Staff, Students, Apprentices, Learners and Trainees (SALTs)

I – Intent, Implementation and Impact of training is clear to develop positive professional training and work values, grounded inclusive practice

N – Nurture staff  and SALTs to be resilient and develop their full potential

S – Support SALTs in making excellent progress and gain a breadth of experience

P – Promote high expectations, equality of opportunity and empowerment

I – Instil confidence and develop competence to successfully meet outcomes

R – Reflect and review regularly on ourselves and our programmes

E – Enable SALTs through attainment of knowledge and tools to forge a successful career.

Partnership working

SCIL work with many teams across Somerset Council And beyond

HR&OD – Somerset Council

SCIL work in partnership with HR & OD and we are currently delivering Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeships to Somerset Council staff. This apprenticeship has strengthened the knowledge and understanding of staff and through their learning on the apprenticeship supported them to become better leaders and managers.

NCFE/CACHE

SCIL offer qualifications accredited with NCFE who are comprised of specialist business units such as CACHE and EPA Plus, dedicated to providing high quality innovative products, services and solutions to specific areas of learning. Some of their qualification available through SCIL are the level 2 diploma for the early years practitioner, level 3 diploma -early years educator, level 3 diploma for the children and young peoples workforce, level 3 diploma for residential childcare, level 3 award in assessing competence in a work environment and the level 4 award in the internal quality assurance of assessment processes and practice.

ILM

ILM is the UK’s leading provider of leadership, management and coaching qualifications, and a City & Guilds Group Business. Achieving a regulated professional qualification makes a statement about an individual’s approach to their personal and professional development. An ILM qualification demonstrates that the holder not only understands the importance of learning, but by putting that understanding and new knowledge into practice, has demonstrated that their actions have had a positive impact on a work organisation. SCIL have offered ILM qualifications for many years and hold direct claim status for the qualifications we offer. These include leadership and management and coaching and mentoring.

UoW

The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level. In the 2020 National Student Survey, 85% of Worcester final year students said they were satisfied overall, above the national average of 83.2% and putting the University as one of the top scoring universities in the Midlands. Fourteen courses at Worcester received 100% satisfaction. SCIL’s degree programmes have been run through the university of Worcester for many years and continues to maintain a successful partnership with them.

SCIL also works and support Schools across the South West