Individually, for £3k, a local authority can only purchase one CISSP course (depending on the supplier), or two CISM courses. Wanting to do better than this, in collaboration, NW and Y&H WARPs put forward a proposition to pool funding to see if we could be better placed to negotiate better prices on behalf of our membership. NW WARP and Y&H WARP members were invited to pool their grant funding into one pot; in total 24 local authorities responded, providing a pot worth £72k.
Money is left in the pot to cover a further 16 individuals to take other technical cyber security courses, and in addition, we have been offered some free bonuses including: 15 further free training days, 10 online pre-recorded training courses, and 30% of Cloud Academy Licence Courses. These are currently being distributed among the 24 local authorities in the collaboration.