Workforce development fund opens to adult social care employers

Oonagh Smyth

The workforce development fund 2021-22 is open to adult social care employers in England to support staff by offering qualifications, programmes, and digital learning modules.

Funding can be used to support the development of social care staff at all levels. The fund, which Skills for Care distributes on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, helped more than 14,000 people in 2020/21.

‘After a challenging year in which social care workers have faced new and unprecedented challenges yet continued to prove their dedication, courage, and skill, the importance of continuing professional development is more apparent than ever,’ said Skills for Care chief executive Oonagh Smyth.

‘We are delighted to hear of the positive impact which the funding has for social care employers, their teams and the people who draw on care and support.

‘As we move forward with our new strategy for 2021-2024 continuing to develop the workforce to ensure we have the right people with the right skills and behaviours to deliver the highest quality care and support, now and in the future – and for that workforce to be valued for the core service they provide our communities – is vital.’