Care providers don’t miss out on skills training fund

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Carers-Care Industry News (300 x 224)Care providers across North Yorkshire and York are being urged not to miss out on a pot of money available to help them train their staff.

Scarborough-based care provider St Cecilia’s Care Services Ltd has taken on the role of grant holder for the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund.

And that funding is now available for 2014-15.

But providers are being urged to put their applications in quickly as the money isn’t available for ever.

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is money from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care, to encourage staff training in adult social care in England.

People applying now can claim for units and qualifications completed between 1st January 2014 and 31st March 2015.
Employers can make claims to support the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and for associated costs, such as employees’ salaries while they are undertaking training, coaching and
mentoring costs, venue costs for the training and if required backfill (wage replacement costs).

Teresa Dobson, who is administering the fund for St Cecilia’s Care Services, said: “This funding is very useful to employers in helping towards the cost of social care training and we are very keen to see care providers across the region take it up.

“Training is vital to the sector as we all look to create and maintain a strong, well-trained and motivated workforce to provide the best possible care for clients.

“The fund isn’t around for ever and if employers want to claim for this period they should get their applications in as soon as possible.

“Some may be tempted to wait until they have amassed some training costs and then claim it all at once – but I would advise against that as the money might be used up before they get the chance. Providers should be putting their claims in straight away.”

To claim, employers must meet certain criteria:

  • must be an adult social care employer operating in England.
  • must join a WDF partnership, or be part of a large national organisation that has a WDF grant with Skills for Care. In our area the partnership is run through the Care Alliance for Workforce Development (CAWD).
  • must have a National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) account, which has been fully completed or updated in line with the requirements for funding between the advertised dates.

 

To find out more, or to make an application contact Teresa Dobson e-mail: t.dobson@stcecilias.co.uk or call 01723 502 411 or visit http://www.stcecilias.co.uk/skills-for-care-wdf.html .

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