Get involved in our work

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We work with care organisations, people who need care and support and carers, and other partners to make sure our activities reflect their needs.

Whether you are part of a large care provider, a new business expanding into social care or a person who directly employs a personal assistant, there are many opportunities where you can contribute to our on-going work.

You can get involved by taking part in research, responding to consultations, providing case study examples, commenting on draft products, co-producing new policies or agreeing to be a study site.

All our consultations and research projects are promoted in our fortnightly enewsletter. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on new opportunities.

Current opportunities to get involved

Consultations

Tell us your thoughts on social care traineeships

We’re looking to understand the relevance and value of traineeships in adult social care.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people, aged 16 to 24, ensuring they are ‘work ready’. At the core of traineeships are high-quality work experience placements, work preparation training, and English and maths teaching and qualifications if needed. The ultimate aim is to give young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for, helping them secure an apprenticeship or other job in the future. Trainees are not paid, and there is no cost to the employer apart from time.

If you’re an adult social care employer please complete our survey to give us your thoughts on traineeships. Your feedback will help us to shape the support we can provide you. The survey closes on Friday 21 July at 5pm.

Help us identify new roles and services to include in NMDS-SC

As adult social care continues to evolve we need to reflect the changing and new job roles and services in our National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC). The NMDS-SC captures information about the adult social care workforce and is used by the Department of Health and other stakeholders to plan services and make informed decisions about funding.

We need your help in identifying what new roles and services should be captured in the NMDS-SC SC. We can then consider which to include and seek funding from Department of Health to make any changes. Please complete our short survey or pass it onto the relevant person in your organisation. It will only take 5 minutes. 

The closing date for this survey is 09:00am on Friday 30 June 2017.

A qualification for experienced Wellbeing Commissioners

We are continuing to scope and consult on the commissioning workforce’s learning and development requirements.  Our steering group are now proposing a new qualification be developed for wellbeing commissioners to validate their skills; broaden their knowledge; and allow them to explore innovative commissioning practices.

We invite you to comment on our proposals for this qualification to help us meet the needs of the Commissioning for Wellbeing workforce. 

 

Research

There are no research opportunities at the moment. 

Becoming an associate

We’re looking for people or companies who can demonstrate:

  • significant experience in the social care sector
  • experience in learning and development
  • experience of managing services, teams or projects
  • knowledge of the role of Skills for Care
  • engagement with social care employers and key stakeholders.

We’d like to work with those who have a commitment to ensuring:

  • equality of opportunity within your working practice
  • involvement of people who need care and support and carer participation in project work.

For further details and an application pack, please email associates@skillsforcare.org.uk or call us on 0113 241 0973.

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