Company Information

Sometimes pronounced ‘SHRAC’, sometimes ‘SARAC’ and sometimes ‘SRAC’, we don’t really mind how people pronounce our name as our official name, South West Regional Assessment Centre Limited is a bit of a mouthful! We are now in our 21st year of operation and our name goes back to the historic roots as we work throughout the UK, way beyond South West regional boundaries and we are a teaching, mentoring and training organisation – so not much of the Assessment Centre any more. So, plain old SWRAC works just fine !

Having started as a training organisation serving the needs of the Environmental Management Industry, since 2005 we have morphed into an organisation which can be likened to a small college – with the aims of helping people fulfil their potential within society. We offer training activities such as Traineeships, Supported Internships, Apprenticeships, employment skills as well as specialist vocational training in  hospitality, construction and environment  – all aimed at equipping people for employment in those sectors.

Our ethos is genuinely one of openness, care and respect for all who come through our doors. Corporately we believe that if we treat learners well, so that they succeed , commercial success will follow. As you will recognise from the style of the first paragraph above, we have a light-hearted & relaxed attitude toward learning  we have found this helps people feel at ease and confident when working with us, in turn, we believe this helps them progress.

We have deliberately maintained this website short and sweet and has been designed to give you a brief overview of what we do. We feel it is much more productive to chat things over. So, please explore the site and then give us a call to flesh the details out a little, we’d be delighted to hear from you!

If you require copies of SWRAC Company Policies please contact Samantha Page on 01202 848099 or sampage@swrac.co.uk

Sub-contract Fees

During 2014/15 SWRAC sub-contracted teaching and learning to two organisations.

Our organisations work together to peer support each other and to share teaching/learning experiences which enables us (and them) to improve the offer to learners, through potential signposting.

The rate of retention of fees is 20%.  This is calculated based upon recommendations made by the Skills Funding Agency sometime ago and approximately meets the costs of the staff time to undertake the administration of learners.  We do not agree with the stance taken by many colleges where they retain upwards of 30% which we feel is contrary to realistic cost estimates.

As the retention rate is calculated at meeting our approximate administrative costs, the support provided includes the administration element, management/monitoring costs and the peer support mentioned above.

Payment terms are on the basis of invoices raised following the preparation of the relevant sub-contractors PFR details.  Payment terms are then nett monthly.

Our sub-contract policy is communicated to sub-contractors prior to entering into any contracting agreement and the policy is reviewed prior to the start of each new academic year, SFA Funding Rules.  The policy is retained in house as it represents such a small part of our activities.

For the 2016/17 academic year we are not intending to sub-contract, the Declaration of Subcontractors Form has been submitted.

For the 2015/16 academic year we did not sub-contract, the Declaration of Subcontractors Form was submitted.

Based on academic year 2013/14 the value of work undertaken by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (UKPRN1849R) for classroom learning was £85,102.38 of which SWRAC awarded BCHA £68081.90 and kept £17,020.48 equating to 20% management fee. The contract was for the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014.

Based on academic year 2014/15 the value of work undertaken by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (UKPRN1849R) for classroom learning was £45,630.61 of which SWRAC awarded BCHA £36,504.49 and kept £9,126.12 equating to 20% management fee. The contract was for the period 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.

Based on academic year 2014/15 the value of work undertaken by One Skills Ltd (UKPRN07706543) for classroom learning was £201,636.90 of which SWRAC awarded One Skills £161,309.52 and kept £40,327.38 equating to 20% management fee. The contract was for the period 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2015.