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Leeds office (HQ)
Skills for Care
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6 Grace Street
Leeds, LS1 2RP
We advise on induction requirements and what qualifications can help you develop your staff. We also help with funding to cover some of the costs of qualifications.
Please note - we do not deliver training or directly fund training companies.
We promote products and services that help care organisations with workforce issues, from recruiting and keeping workers to information about new ways of working.
If you’re looking to work in care, we promote the best routes into the sector. We don’t recruit on behalf of other care organisations or directly arrange Apprenticeships.
The majority of enquiries we receive can be answered by referring to the resources on our website.
- Care Certificate: For CQC regulated providers, this is the new minimum standards that should be covered as part of induction training of new care workers. All information and materials are available on our dedicated Care Certificate webpage.
- Care Act: The Care Act was introduced in April 2015. We’ve developed free materials to help local authorities and other care organisations to plan for the changes that are needed and provide training around these.
- Funding: For care organisations, it may be possible to reclaim a contribution towards the cost of formal Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) qualifications via our Workforce Development Fund.
For people who employ their own personal care and support, our individual employer funding can be considered.
- Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE): We provide information about this process for Newly Qualified Social Workers working in adults and children and family services. All employers involved in the ASYE process are strongly advised to sign up for our social work briefing.
- Career in social care: Our Think Care Careers website provides information on the different roles and routes into care work. We cannot find individuals places to work. However, those interested in doing an apprenticeship can read about this and see what the National Apprenticeship Service are currently advertising.
- Employing your own care and support: We’ve produced free resources to help those individuals who choose to directly employ care personal assistants to support their needs. These include information on the training and developing their carers may benefit from.
- National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC): You can access the system and learn more about the benefits of using NMDS-SC on our website. Any issues relating to logging into the system should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Healthcare: We support adult social care organisations, including residential care homes, domiciliary care, community based organisations, user-led organisations etc. We cannot advise on healthcare so GP surgeries, dental practices and hospitals should refer to the Skills for Health for advice.
- Children social care: We focus largely on adult social care and cannot currently advise around qualifications, inductions, carers, social work or other matters relating to children social care. We have a limited involvement in the publishing and certification of children Apprenticeships. For all other matters, we would recommend those interested in children social care to contact the Department of Education.
- Regulation: We don’t regulate care organisations. If you wish to contact the regulator, please refer your enquiry to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). They can advise on their essential standards, inspection processes, registration process for providers / registered managers and concerns that you may have with a regulated care organisation.
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