Skills for Care advises on induction requirements and what qualifications can help employers to develop staff, as well as helping fund adult social care employers to cover some of the costs of qualifications. We do produce products and services that help care organisations around workforce issues, from recruitment and retention strategies and information about new ways of working that can be adapted by your business.
For those looking to work in care, we promote the best routes into the sector but we do not recruit for other employers or Apprenticeships. Please note that we do not deliver training or promote, accredit or directly fund training companies.
To learn more about Skills for Care and how we can help you, see the What we do page or e-mail email@example.com or phone 0113 241 1275
Christmas and New Year 2014 / 2015: Please note the Skills for Care offices will be closed from Wednesday 24 December pm and reopen Friday 02 January 2015. All enquiries received during this period will be responded to when we reopen.
Please note that the majority of enquiries we regularly receive can be answered by referring to our comprehensive resources on our website. These include:
- Induction Training (April 2015+): The new Care Certificate is in the final stages of development and will be launched in March 2015. The latest public information about the Care Certificate, including frequently asked questions relating to its introduction are included in a special section of our website here.
- Care Act: The new Care Act commences April 2015. Skills for Care has developed some free materials to help local authorities and other care organisations to plan for the changes that are needed and provide training around these.
- Starting a new care organisation. Our website includes some information about what employers should consider about developing their new workforce. The Recommendations for CQC Providers Guide is a practical resource to assist employers. Skills for Care cannot advise around non-workforce development issues and such questions should be directed to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
- Funding: Skills for Care currently promotes to sources of funding. For people who who employ their own personal care and support, our Individual Employer Funding Application process can be considered. For care organisations, it may be possible to reclaim a contribution towards the cost of formal Qualification Credit Framework qualifications via our Workforce Development Fund.
- Assessed and Supported Year in Employment: Skills for Care provide information about this process for Newly Qualified Social Workers from our website section. Queries about registration or those not answered on our website can be e-mailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and these will be responded to on or after 02 January 2015.
- Career in Social Care: Skills for Care has produced a comprehensive information about different roles in care and different routes into care work that others have followed in our Think Care Careers website resource. We do not advertise on behalf of care organisations and cannot find individuals places to work. However, those interested in joining an Apprenticeship can read about this and see what the National Apprenticeship Service are currently advertising for from this webpage.
- Employing your own care and support: We have produced a number of free resources to help those individuals who choose to direct employ care personal assistants to support their needs. These resources help the individual employer to consider what training and developing their carers would 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 from our website section. Any issues relating to logging into the system, should be directed to email@example.com and will be responded to as soon as possible on or after 02 January 2015
- Healthcare: Skills for Care 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: Skills for Care is only focused 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: Skills for Care does not regulate care organisations. If you wish to contact the regulator, please refer your enquiry to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC 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.
Skills for Care produces the certificates for training providers once Apprenticeship qualifications are complete. Our Apprenticeship certification team should be contacted if you wish to arrange a new certificate, have questions related to them or wish make payment for them. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) support service for help with all queries regarding registering, updating and accessing your NMDS-SC account please call 0845 873 0129 or email email@example.com
You can contact our marketing team If you require any of the documents on our website in an alternative format. Also if you have any website related queries, you are encountering technical problems or would like to give us some feedback on our website - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For media enquiries please contact our Media & Public Affairs Manager Paul Clarke on 0113 241 1297 or email email@example.com
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