Finding and choosing the right learning

Workers in a training session

In order to provide high quality, person centred services, the workforce must be able to develop the skills and knowledge they need to do a demanding but rewarding job. Learning and development should focus on the practical skills workers need to do their job and also instilling in them the values they need to put at the heart of their practice. A key part of selecting the right learning package for your organisation is finding the right learning provider.

As there are a numerous providers offering a whole range of learning services and qualifications, getting the right one isn’t always an easy process. That’s why Skills for Care has developed a number of tools to help those working in the sector identify the right learning and the right provider for them.

Choosing workforce learning is a practical guide to help those responsible for selecting and purchasing learning and development for their workforce. The guide provides information and tips on:

  • identifying the learning needs of your workers
  • the different types of learning available
  • the questions you need to ask to develop a learning package for your organisation
  • how to evaluate learning and development
  • which issues should be considered
  • finding the right learning provider for your organisation.

The guide also includes a handy checklist to help you choose a suitable provider, prompting the questions that you need to consider when making your decision. 

Our top ten tips packs are a small set of the cards that include the key things you need to think about when trying to find a suitable learning provider. The cards give suggestions about what you need to find out before you commit to choosing a provider. These include thinking about whether your provider understands the social care sector, how the learning is delivered and how it is accredited or recognised. The set of cards comes on a small key chain so they can be used in and about the workplace and referenced easily.

To receive a free set please email marketing@skillsforcare.org.uk.

The choosing workforce learning app is designed to be used as an aide-memoir during an interview with a potential social care learning provider, and provides a handy 10 step evaluation to help you steer the conversation and capture the right information.

Each section of the evaluation has a set of questions and a simple rating mechanism, either a rating out of 10 or a yes/no score. Once the evaluation is complete the app provides a visual summary of the provider and gives an overall score.  You can then export the summary by email for further use at your desk or to share with your colleagues.

Previous evaluations are retained, so you can see at a glance which provider has the highest score.

You can download the app from the Apple iTunes App Store or from Google Play.

Skills for Care is in the process developing an online learning provider directory to help you search for learning provision for social care qualifications across England. The directory will be available in 2014. The providers listed on the directory are not approved by Skills for Care so it’s important you use Choosing workforce learning to ensure the provider meets your specific needs. The opportuntity for Learning Providers to register their details will be available by the end of September 2014.

 

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