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Accolades 2020 finalists announced

14 Jan 2020

The finalists have been announced in all ten categories for the annual Skills for Care Accolades awards.

Skills for Care Accolades winners announced

23 Jan 2020

Some of England’s best social care organisations are celebrating after picking up a Skills for Care Accolade award.

Workforce Development Fund 2020-21 now open for grant applications

24 Jan 2020

Large national organisations and lead organisations of employer-led partnerships can now apply for a grant from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) 2020-21.

Host a graduate to bring fresh thinking into your organisation

27 Jan 2020

Skills for Care is looking for innovative social care organisations to host ambitious graduates on a one-year programme designed to develop future leaders in health and social care.

Applications open for funding for user led organisations to deliver training for individual employers and PAs

12 Feb 2020

Skills for Care has opened applications for user led organisations (ULOs) to apply for a grant to deliver and/or commission training for people who employ their own care and support (individual employers), and their personal assistants (PAs).

Video message from our CEO Oonagh Smyth thanking the sector's workforce

30 Mar 2020

Our CEO Oonagh Smyth says thank you to the 1.49 million adult social care workers who are doing such vital work keeping people safe and well in communities across England.

Approval of new apprenticeships standards

06 Apr 2020

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (level 4) and Leader in Adult Care (level 5) apprenticeship standards have both now been approved for delivery with the funding bands agreed at £7,000.

Skills for Care launches advice line for front-line managers

04 May 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Skills for Care has launched a new advice line to support the sector’s 20,000 registered managers and other front-line managers.

Recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic: sharing your recruitment successes

20 May 2020

Recruiting new workers can be challenging at any time, but during the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge is even greater. ‘Care for others. Make a Difference.’, the national recruitment campaign delivered by the Department of Health and Social Care, is raising the profile of working in adult social care nationally but we know there are lots of successful local recruitment examples and initiatives and we want to share these stories to help the sector find out how they can do the same things.

Skills for Care welcomes the appointment of David Pearson to Chair the National COVID-19 Social Care Support Taskforce

09 Jun 2020

Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said: “Skills for Care welcomes the appointment of David Pearson to Chair the National COVID-19 Social Care Support Taskforce announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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