The government recently released further details on how they intend to spend the £500m funding that was announced following the publication of their 2021 white paper: People at the Heart of Care. Although full details are still a little sketchy, this release appears to confirm rumours that the Care Certificate will finally attract funding, with a pledge to support up to 100,000 workers – plus, it may well become a fully recognised qualification.
Whilst it’s great news that additional funding might soon be forthcoming, with a tentative launch date slated for April 2023, delivery as a recognised (regulated) qualification may well pose some unforeseen challenges. Currently, many employers support staff to complete their induction (including the Care Certificate) and any required ‘competency observations’. However, the rules around the delivery (learning and assessment), for a ‘qualification’ are very different, as assessment is normally completed by a ‘qualified assessor’. Few employers have the luxury of having qualified assessors as part of their in-house staff.
Here at EdgeWorks™, we have been busy building our Funding Alliance, to ensure employers and our partners remain at the forefront of qualifications and funding opportunities. We already partner with some of the country’s leading colleges, funding consultants and awarding organisations, so are ideally placed to ensure our clients are always ahead of the curve and able to maximise potential opportunities.
We will continue to monitor the roll-out of the £500m funding, adapt our training and qualifications platform, Care Academy – and will advise our clients on how best to adapt to any emerging opportunities.
You can read the full press release here: Social care staff to benefit from improved career options and training – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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