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Domiciliary Care Worker Registration

Posted in Food for Thought on April 7th, 2020

Changes to registration as a result of Covid-19 The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown have had significant effects across the care industry and its workers. In response to this difficult time, the registration process with Social Care Wales has altered to accommodate for the current challenges faced by services and...


COVID-19 Statement

Posted in Food for Thought on March 16th, 2020

Here at EdgeWorks™ we are fortunate that our business model already enables us to facilitate ‘remote working’ for many of our staff. However, with effect from Wednesday March 18th 2020 we are implementing a ‘work from home’ policy for all staff including members of our administration team. In order to...


Giving you the Edge… the funding Edge

Posted in Food for Thought on July 25th, 2019

Is your current training provider or e-learning system simply a cost to your organisation, or do they deliver real value? That is, value in the form of helping you to access a variety of funding streams that can really turbo-charge your training strategy? Our added value In order to demonstrate...


The “art” of the 20-minute work day

Posted in Food for Thought on June 8th, 2019

If there’s one word that strikes fear into the heart of any manager in any industry, it’s compliance. One of the things that makes compliance even more daunting than it is already, is the fact that it seems to take – or threaten to take – an exorbitant amount of...


What every HR and training manager needs to know about the cost of inkjet printers

Posted in Food for Thought on May 11th, 2019

Inkjet printers. Do we sell them? No. Do we work on commission with anyone who deals with them? No. Do we use them? Well, yes we have done in the past, until we realised the whole printing experience was getting a little too pricey for our liking. That’s why this...


Do you want to fast-track your induction process?

Posted in Food for Thought on December 3rd, 2018

EdgeWorks™ is pleased to announce the launch of our fast-track screening assessments designed to support initial diagnostic screening across the English (Care Certificate) Welsh (All Wales Induction Framework) and Scottish (Preparing for Practice) induction programmes. Written by subject matter experts the fast-track screening assessments will enable employers to avoid the...


Common myths you need to know about Care Certificate

Posted in Food for Thought on November 23rd, 2018

Myth #1: Some e-learning providers claim they have been ‘licenced’ or are ‘accredited’ by Skills for Care to award the Care Certificate. Fact: Skills for Care says; ‘No provider has been licensed to award the Care Certificate, Such a licence does not exist and furthermore no providers are accredited to...


Voluntary Organisations Disabilities Group (VODG)

Posted in Food for Thought on October 8th, 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disabilities Group (VODG) represents leading not-for-profit providers of services and support to disabled people. One of their key objectives is to bring organisations together to share knowledge, experience and promote good practice. Over the past 10+ years EdgeWorks™ has been fortunate enough to meet and in some instances...


New Welsh induction framework e-learning launched

Posted in Food for Thought on April 3rd, 2018

EdgeWorks™ Care Academy is pleased to announce the launch of their All Wales induction framework for health and social care (adults) e-learning. It can be used to structure the induction process or to inform your current induction programme. The statutory guidance for Service Regulations 36 states; Service providers ensure they...


Why 2018 is shaping up to be a great year

Posted in Food for Thought on December 8th, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on the year’s highlights and share with you some of the opportunities we have identified for the next 12 months. A willingness to adopt learning technology as part of the mix After 20 years working in this space, we definitely...


The same old actions deliver the same old results

Posted in Food for Thought on September 15th, 2017

Acknowledge the issues and change will happen We meet many HR, L&D and training managers who struggle to improve their training delivery because of legacy paper-based administration, old HR systems and internal processes that are no longer fit for purpose. How can you be expected to upskill a workforce with...


EdgeWorks™ successful in application to join Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) main provider list for delivery of Apprenticeships

Posted in Food for Thought on May 17th, 2017

Following our recent acceptance onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) list of approved providers, EdgeWorks™ is pleased to announce that we have now also achieved ‘Main Provider’ status. ‘Main Provider’ status places us alongside the very best colleges and private training organisations in the country and enables us...


Are you still “guesstimating” your employee compliance?

Posted in Food for Thought on May 16th, 2017

People are the most important asset of any care provider and are at the heart of any successful organisation. Yet we still see many providers struggling to track and make sense of complex training matrices. Busy managers often lack the tools and systems to provide detailed and accurate data on simple...


Care Apprenticeship End Point Assessments (EPA)

Posted in Food for Thought on March 22nd, 2017

Key to the successful achievement of an Apprenticeship standard will be the End Point Assessment (EPA) which will typically be conducted by an independent Awarding Organisation or similar. EPA for care workers will consist of both a situational assessment (60 multiple choice questions) followed by a professional discussion and evidence...


Awarding Organisations (AO’s) view on the Care Certificate

Posted in Food for Thought on March 19th, 2017

Awarding Organisations (AO’s) have confirmed that they will not Quality Assure any non- accredited training as part of their End Point Assessment (EPA) plans, thereby firmly placing the responsibility for quality and compliance with the employer. Simultaneously, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently issued revised guidance to inspectors: ‘CQC...


EdgeWorks™ approved to deliver apprenticeships

Posted in Food for Thought on March 13th, 2017

EdgeWorks™ has been accepted onto the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Registration of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). We are now eligible to receive funding via the proposed Digital Apprenticeship accounts for the delivery of the new Apprenticeship standards. Our application passed all of the mandatory registration quality benchmarks and achieved an...


New “controversial” contracts issued to employers

Posted in Food for Thought on February 19th, 2017

The Skills Funding Agency has announced that employers will have to sign controversial new contracts as part of the new Apprenticeship standards. An important change will be the strict liability placed upon employers for the appropriate use of funding: “The SFA reserves the right to recover from the employer any...


The number 1 question clients ask

Posted in Food for Thought on October 11th, 2016

Working with a learning technology company can be a daunting prospect for many clients and so we have outlined the top 5 questions we are commonly asked. Hopefully, by reading how we answer them many more clients will feel confident about engaging with companies such as EdgeWorks™ and discovering how we...


A third of care providers could be putting vulnerable people at risk due to lack of skills and poor training

Posted in Food for Thought on October 7th, 2016

According to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) 2014/2015 Annual Report, around a third of care providers were classified as ‘needing improvement’ and seven percent deemed ‘inadequate’. The most common problems cited were poor leadership, lack of skills, poor training and a lack of systems and processes. Whilst the CQC’s latest...


FitzRoy chooses Care Academy

Posted in Food for Thought on April 10th, 2016

FitzRoy, the national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism has chosen EdgeWorks™ to help them deliver induction, refresher and CPD training to their workforce. With over 1,200 employees, Fitzroy will use Care Academy to manage and track all e-learning, classroom courses and policy compliance across nearly 100 services....


Care-Academy key features - Content


All of our e-learning content is designed to exceed minimum standards giving you absolute confidence in the quality of training provided to employees. It is written by industry respected Subject Matter Experts and accredited by nationally recognised Awarding Bodies including Skillsfirst, NCFE and City & Guilds.


Learner Guarantee

We guarantee that any learner who completes our learning and assessment will be ‘fit-for-work’ and will meet the learning outcomes applicable to their course or qualification. In the unlikely event of an issue being raised, we will provide access to further training from within our portfolio at no extra cost. This means we share the risk of achieving 100% compliance with you.



We update our content in line with changes to legislation at no cost to you the client. Therefore you can rest assured that our content will always reflect industry best practice.


Structured Learner Pathway

We offer a fully integrated pathway from induction, specialist course and mandatory refresher training through to fully accredited qualifications. This means your learner's can quickly progress from new employee through to qualified worker with the minimum support. This reduces your cost of ongoing support and frees up your training personnel to provide higher value training interventions.