Join your nearest Empowering Women training (running in July and September only)

Newsletter: Last day of term for plenty today – but not everyone

Using your free events, meetings, resources, and training?

Get your training sorted for September. So you can come back after the summer holiday refreshed and confident that your personal and professional development is all well in hand.

Register now for:

If you or a colleague is thinking of joining either course don’t delay. The next ones will start in 2024.

Meet Carol Williams

Carol is one of your vice-presidents (as well as the Director of transformation and digital for Walsall Council) and will host your next conference day – Thursday 5 October, write that down 🙂
Meet and talk service delivery with like-minded members in Birmingham. Hear case studies and talk about common (or bring unusual ones of your own) challenges and solutions.

How are you handling using AI in your organisation?

Send your experiences to Martin Ferguson. What are the threats and opportunities of ChatGPT and artificial intelligence applications?

Place-based leadership training pilot

Details for September’s programme will be available after Wednesday’s review. Seats are available for Wednesday 26 July, if you would like one.

As part of the alumni, you are ideally placed to benefit from this programme yourself and to polish it for colleagues – who can take part once it’s formally added to the Leadership Academy.

September’s pilot is free to join, you do not need to use any of your training points. We’ll let you know when registration opens.

Part of the alumni LinkedIn group? Would be great to see you there.

Azure Active Directory migration

Join a live webcast on Wednesday 2 August at 12 pm and learn how Quest can help you complete your transition to the cloud by migrating Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices to Azure AD without reimaging and rebuilding profiles.

Quest will discuss Azure AD device migration for both AD-joined devices and hybrid Azure AD-joined devices.

Register now.

Windows 10 end of life

Windows 10 [Enterprise and Education, and Home and Pro] will reach end of support and will go end of life on 14 October 2025. Although this date seems quite far away, SoftwareONE is proactively encouraging their customers to start planning their Windows 11 migrations.

Microsoft have stated that Windows 10 22H2 (released 18 October 2022) will be the final version of Windows 10 that will remain supported with monthly security updates until its end of life date.

If you are ready to start a conversation around what a Windows 11 migration may entail for your organisation, then the SoftwareONE Digital Workplace team can help and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you and your teams. For further information, please contact Mike Richards.

Microsoft’s Modern Lifecycle Policy

Training with Socitm

Your latest Leadership Advocate is Graeme Murrell. Graeme is a Top Talent graduate and the confidence, enthusiasm and empowerment the programme gave him, is expressed throughout his Q&A.

Share your training experience with us – fill in the short Q&A.


Tuesdays 12 and 26 September Workshops: How to be an effective coach (CPD certified)
Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September: Top Talent Programme (CPD certified)
Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October: Empowering Women (CPD certified)
Tuesday 10 and 31 October: Managing and Motivating Remote Teams (CPD certified)

Training places are included in Socitm membership – subject to availability and membership level. If you have any questions or would like further information, please let us know.

Once you’ve finished your training don’t forget to claim your CPD points.

Socitm Advisory

Share the best and worst of your customer experience experiences

Come to The Ivy in Birmingham for our Customer Experience Leaders Round Table (chaired by Cornwall Council) on Tuesday 12 September.
Register your interest today.

Change partner for the implementation of a new digital system

Socitm Advisory gave us high levels of knowledge, skill and experience we simply didn’t have in house.
Stewart McCall, South Ayrshire Council
Read the case study.

Are you making full use of your membership?

As part of your membership you can receive between 2 and 12 hours of FREE consultancy advice per year. To make use of your inclusive consultancy hours, get in touch or log in to My Account.


Events from Socitm and partners


Get ready for September onwards…

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub. Also, make sure to check out our regional events. There’s a mix of online and in-person meetings, so please feel free to join any that are outside your area.

Browse the events calendar

Review and preview your weekly webinar

  1. Top phishing (and anti-phishing) trends
    Watch the last webinar of term to keep up-to-date with cyber security. Thanks so much to the hosts, email security specialists Egress.
  2. Here’s a little bit of phishing-related reading.

Thank you for reading (or scrolling) this far! Just one more thing…

Right. Shared Amazing If/Squiggly Careers stuff before. But this is new and am not sure what to expect!

During August, they’re holding a Squiggly Careers Skills Sprint.Unsure? There’s a kick-off call at 9am on Tuesday 1 August.

Make sure you connect with us on LinkedIn and on Twitter to keep up-to-date with everything happening.