Skills for Care offers help with workforce development as Brexit looms

Help with the cost of developing your workforce is now available from Skills for Care.

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) 2020-21 is now open to large national organisations and lead organisations of employer-led partnerships.

This year the fund is focusing on providing enhanced funding for qualifications and learning programmes aimed at developing leaders and managers in different settings. Evidence shows that the presence of an effective, well supported manager has the biggest impact on the overall quality of care provided.

The 2020-21 fund will also continue to support the learning and development of frontline workers with enhanced funding available to support learners completing Adult Care Worker (level 2) and Lead Adult Care Worker (level 3) apprenticeship standards.

Tendering is being undertaken subject to confirmation of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care. The deadline for grant applications is 13:00 on Friday 21 February 2020.

To learn more and apply visit : www.skillsforcare.org.uk/wdf2021

In its report on post-Brexit thresholds for immigration, the Migration Advisory Committee points that the very real problems in social care are caused by “a failure to offer competitive terms and conditions”. This, it says, is “caused by a failure to have a sustainable funding model.”

The report recommends a drop in general threshold to about £25,600 – rather than the £30,000 originally proposed.

Commenting, NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson, said: “In both health and social care we cannot recruit and retain the staff we need now, and unless we have the right migration arrangements we risk stretching local services to breaking point.” The NHS Confederation has called for the Spending Review later this year to “restore investment in training front line professional staff and restore the nursing bursary.”

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