May 17

Support for employers and staff this Learning at Work Week

Posted on Monday 15th May 2017

Learning and development in adult social care is important to ensure we have a skilled and trained workforce who provide efficient and compassionate care. That’s why we’re supporting Learning at Work Week 2017. 

Both employers and employees can benefit from learning and development. Here’s how it can help you.      

If you’re an employer…

Develop your workforce

Training and development can help you increase staff morale and productivity, improve staff retention and improve the level of care they provide. Our Ongoing learning and development guide explains more about what learning and development all social care workers should do.

A skilled and trained workforce is vital to delivering high quality care and support and can help you meet Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards. You can find helpful resources and advice on Care Improvement Works to ensure your service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Sign up to the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) to see what training similar organisations have in place for their staff. 

Our Learning through Work series of bite-sized booklets can help your staff develop their every day English and number skills. They’re available on our bookshop from only £5 for a learner pack, £7.50 for a manager pack, or £8 for a pack of 10 individual titles. You can also download activities and guidance to help you develop the core skills of your staff, including English, number, digital and employability skills including problem solving and team work.

If you’re worried about the cost of putting your staff through training, you may be eligible to receive funding.

Develop yourself

It’s not just your staff who can benefit from learning and development, so can you.

The new Manager Induction Standards are for aspiring or existing managers to help them perform better in their role. You can also purchase our accompanying workbook, Becoming a Manager, from our online bookshop.

We’ve also launched the ‘Good and outstanding care guide’ to help employers think about what they can do to secure a good or outstanding rating when inspected by the CQC. It has recommendations and cost-effective tips and solutions from good and outstanding providers.  

Find quality training providers

You want to be assured that you’re paying for quality training and getting value for money, and our list of endorsed providers can help. It features providers who we have endorsed and given a mark of quality. You can search across a range of topics and courses, and we now endorse e-learning so training can be done in your own time.    


If you’re an employee… 

Get qualified

There are lots of qualifications and different routes you can take to develop yourself, from level 1 upwards. You can find out which option may suit you best here

If you want to work in the sector but you’re unsure where to start, apprenticeships are a great route into social care. You can gain job-specific skills and earn a wage whilst you work. Find out more by visiting our Think Care Careers website.

Reach your potential

Our NEW Social care: a rewarding career for you interactive PDF explores the different ways you can progress, including the roles you can do and the qualifications, skills and training you might need to progress.

Ask your employer about training and development opportunities – they may be able to get support through funding.

If you’re looking to progress in your career take inspiration from our case studies on others working in the sector. You may find some helpful advice and tips.  

Look after yourself

It’s not only important for progression, but having the right knowledge and skills ensures that you can do your job to the highest standard. Without these skills you could expose yourself to unnecessary stress and further problems in the workplace.

Our Building your own resilience, health and wellbeing guide is a free resource with practical advice and top tips about coping with pressure.

We also have lots of activities to help you develop your core skills, including English, number, digital and employability skills such as team work.


Get involved

Make sure you get involved this Learning at Work Week. You can follow us on Twitter @skillsforcare and join the conversation using #NLAW2017 or #learningatworkweek