New support allocated to upskilling and training social care workers

Author
Laura Ross
Marketing Executive/Editor | Business West
14th October 2021

We’re calling on adult social care businesses to come forward and benefit from our new scheme, which will help them attract, recruit and retain staff, through learning and innovation and the promotion of an open and fair culture.

Applications are now open for the 18-month Adult Social Care Workforce Resilience project, as part of the Workforce for the Future programme. Business West and its partners will work with 40 businesses to address the key challenges they face. 

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “One of the main lessons of the pandemic has been that people now recognise, perhaps more than ever, the enormous value that caring roles bring to communities across the West of England. 

“If we’re to encourage more people to consider taking on these vital roles, they need to know they’ll get high-quality training and qualifications to do their important job brilliantly. 

“The duties involved in caring professions can take a huge emotional toll, and so people considering them also need to know support is there for their mental health if it’s needed. I’m pleased these are key elements of this new programme and I look forward to seeing it make a real difference across our area.”

The project, which is part of the Workforce for the Future programme, is being delivered by Business West on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority. 

Business West and its partners will work with 40 businesses to address the key challenges they face.

Participants will benefit from:

  • Professional development, resources and targeted support for leaders
  • Support to plan high quality training and qualifications for all staff with links to accredited providers
  • Support to develop and implement technology action plans
  • Resources and workshops that support the mental health resilience of all staff.

Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West said: “We are delighted that we can shine a spotlight on this amazing sector who have stepped up on behalf of us all. Working with expert sector partners Skills for Care, Bespoke Consultancy & Education Ltd and Connecting Learning Ltd, we are proud to have the opportunity to deliver such a focused programme to support the leaders and managers of these organisations across the West of England.”

Eligible businesses will be based in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire), and be a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) with between 5 and 250 employees.

Those interested in joining the scheme can find out more information and apply by contacting skills@businesswest.co.uk

Workforce for the Future is co-funded by the Combined Authority and the European Social Fund. It works with SMEs to help them develop their future workforce, meeting their current and future needs. 

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