Skills for Care is the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Development Sector. Skills for Care support adult social care employers to deliver what their customers need and what commissioners and regulators expect.
This is achieved by helping employers get the best from their most valuable resource - their employees. This practical support helps leaders and managers recruit, develop and lead their staff, retaining them from entry level right through to senior leadership and management roles.
Skills for Care assists registered managers by supporting them to develop best practice, keep up-to-date and share ideas with like-minded managers. The link below offers further information and advice.
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New support available for employers to hire Apprentices
As part of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on employment and skills, new payments have been introduced for employers in England for each new Apprentice they hire between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021. This includes:
£2,000 for each new apprentice aged under 25
£1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over.
These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 employers receive to support 16-18 year old apprentices and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is only for new employees.
Funding through the Workforce Development Fund
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.
Further information can be found on the link below: