Core skills

Core skills are vital to help social care workers deliver high quality and safe care.

Every worker in adult social care needs English, number, digital and employability skills, including team work, and problem solving skills. These are collectively known as core skills.

Different roles will require a different level of skill, and it’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure their staff have the right core skills. Developing core skills in the workplace guide will help managers assess and develop the core skills of their workers. 

Core skills in social care

Core skills ensure social care workers can complete everyday tasks such as communicating with the individuals they support, counting medication, using a computer and writing a care plan. 

What are core skills in social care? explains what core skills are needed by social care workers. 

Learning activities to develop English, number, digital and employability skills

We've developed learning activities to check social care workers have the right core skills to work safely and meet quality standards. They're aimed at front line care staff and can be used in recruitment, induction, supervision and ongoing learning and development. There are also links to resources to help workers develop their core skills. 

Read Using the core skills learning activities to find out how you can use them in your workplace. 

If you have new workers who are doing the Care Certificate, read our guidance on how you can assess core skills as part of the Care Certificate

 

 

Activities for learners 

Guidance for supervisor or manager to assess English skills

 

Develop English skills: resources to help 

Other useful resoures 

Qualifications and training

  • You can find training providers who we have endorsed, who deliver training in English skills on our online directory

 

Activities for learners

Guidance for supervisor or manager to assess number skills

 

Develop number skills: resources to help

Other useful resources

 

Qualifications and training

  • You can find endorsed training providers who deliver training in number skills on our online directory

 

Activities for learners

Guidance for supervisor or manager to assess digital skills

 

Develop digital skills: resources to help

Other useful resources 

 

Develop employability skills: learning activities

We've also developed a set of additional learning activities to help you assess and develop core skills further. 

They address employability skills such as team work, understanding policies and procedures and problem solving, as well as English and communication skills.  

 

Developing employability skills: resources to help

 

It’s important you and the learner reflect on the core skills activities to check what they’ve learnt and identify any further development needed.

After a learner has completed an activity ask them to complete the

You, the employer, should complete the

Or if you’re a learning or training provider delivering training, complete the

 

 

 

 

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