Training your staff

A care worker with their and on the back of someone who needs care and support

Successful managers recognise that staff are their most important asset. If you have motivated and skilled staff who support those who need care and support to live their lives fully, your business will thrive.

Skills for Care is the employer-led workforce development body. We want to help you as a manager to develop your team into the best that it can be. Strong and well developed teams are much better at providing excellent social care services. 

We have a variety of resources to help you to develop your team. You can browse them below. 

Our Care Certificate workbook is a free downloadable resource to support people completing the Care Certificate. 

You can find more information on the Care Certificate on our dedicated page.

Know when your staff should (or must) refresh their learning and training, using our practical on-going learning and development guide.

Use the Endorsement Provider Directory to look for recommended learning and development providers and their courses.

Using our Workforce Development Fund, you can apply for a contribution towards the cost of training. Here are some examples of what can be claimed:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care: £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care: £870
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, adult pathways: £1,200
  • Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities: £180

A maximum of 60 credits per learner, per funding year can be claimed so qualifications larger than 60 credits will need to be claimed over more than one funding year.

Common core principles outline the basic values and knowledge we expect care workers to have in order to work well in their roles working in dementia, mental health or end of life care.

You can also use specific common core principles to consider how to embed dignity or equality and diversity into your day-to-day work.

The Code of Conduct sets out how your staff should behave and is for all care and healthcare staff in England. It's particularly useful for new staff to read, as it fits with the Care Certificate.

If you are familiar with Skills for Care and know which resource or area you are looking for, search our website using the search function at the top of the page.