About Us

The Care Alliance for Workforce Development (CAWD) was formed in 2009 as one of the Skills for Care sub-regional partnerships.  The vision is that CAWD will develop relationships and engage with a broad base of employers and training providers in social care in the sub region.

Through this engagement local issues for social care employers and their workforce can be identified and addressed.

CAWD works to improve the services on offer to people who use services and carers by supporting social care employers to develop and improve the skills and knowledge of their workforce.  CAWD engages with employers of all sizes from across the social care sector and encourages service users and carers to get involved.

CAWD seeks funding to support learning and development (e.g. CAWD is a Workforce Development Fund partnership), delivers a range of activities / initiatives (e.g. employer events, funded training opportunities, e-learning), coordinates an I Care…Ambassador service and promotes apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention of staff.

CAWD works closely with Skills for Care, the Sector Skills Council for Adult Social Care in England (and is the Skills for Care Local Area Network for York and North Yorkshire) and actively supports Job Centre Plus initiatives.

How we work…

We develop an effective and sustainable partnership which has the knowledge, skills and expertise to help develop the adult social care workforce.

We influence decisions and developments in social care sub regionally, focusing on the vital place of workforce development in the provision of effective services to citizens.

We gather use and share workforce intelligence, developing a close working relationship with the Adult Integrated Care Workforce Boards and other partnerships or strategy groups.

We agree to shared workforce outcomes.

We work in partnership to meet identified workforce outcomes by developing and supporting initiatives and coordinating resources, including funding.

We act as a conduit between key strategy groups and employers in the search for consistency of practice.

We promote best practice that includes the participation or engagement of service users and carers.

CAWD Terms of Reference in MS Word format here…

Care Alliance for Workforce Development