Skills for Care are undertaking research to better understand what works well in recruitment and retention in social care. This will help us develop best practice case studies and new resources to help everyone in the sector improve their recruitment and retention.

It will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.  You will need to know about your organisation’s recruitment and retention practices, as well as your turnover rates for the past 12 months.

Participation in the survey will not only provide you with an opportunity to showcase the great work you do but may also result in an the production of case studies and PR activity.

A link to the survey is provided below.  Please feel free to forward on to your networks.

News alert!

 Do you want support with…..

  • Recruiting the right staff with the right values?
  • Understanding what an apprentice is and how they can benefit your organisation?
  • Identifying skills gaps and learning opportunities that fill these gaps?
  • Knowing how to grow your future workforce?
  • Encouraging your workforce to take up development opportunities and creating a learning culture?
  • Improving the English and maths skills of your staff?

Then this opportunity might be for you:

 Skills for Care have an exciting project for SMEs, which will be launched shortly. We are looking for employers to participate in a project to embed the use of Apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention, workforce development and addressing skills gaps. There is only limited number of places available and there will be financial and practical support offered to successful applicants.

Please complete the tender found here and return to the stated address.  Closing Date for applications is the 7th December 2016.

Funded Mentoring Programme

CAWD have recently been successful in securing Workforce Development Innovation Funding from Skills for Care to support leadership development.

CAWD have developed and are currently able to offer a fully funded mentoring programme for social care managers and aspiring managers from across York and North Yorkshire. This exciting new programme will support the social care leaders and managers of the future.

For more information on our Mentoring Programme please see here

The new Learning Disability Core Skills Education and Training Framework has now been launched. This has been developed by Skills for Health, Health Education England (HEE) and Skills for Care, commissioned by the Department of Health. Although it has been jointly developed, this is being promoted more by Skills for Health. It is available on our website under Topics – Learning Disability but the link takes you to it via the Skills for Health website. I have attached the link below.

The framework will enable organisations to:

  • Identify key skills and knowledge for roles and team
  • Plan and design content for education and training
  • Commission education and training
  • Conduct training needs analysis
  • Support performance management processes and the assessment of competence

CAWD would like to send a huge congratulations to Julie Colley, The Avalon Groups Deputy Chief Executive for securing a role on Leeds City Region LEP Employability and Skills Board.

We are also very excited that Avalink (Avalons strategic customer committee) have been announced as finalists in the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards, in the category of Breaking Down Barriers. The full story can be found on the Avalon website here…

We are delighted to announce that Workforce Development funding is now available for 2016-2017.
This fund has already proved invaluable to providers with many employers using it to help pay for important training for their workforce.
But our experience from previous years has shown us that it is important for providers to get their claims in early.
Unfortunately we had some providers who delayed submitting their claim until too late and missed out on the 2015-16 fund.
Don’t let that happen to you, get your claim in as soon as possible.
More details on can be found on our website here… 

Care Alliance for Workforce Development