Workforce development

Care Certificate

The Care Certificate is the start of the career journey for new healthcare assistants and social care support workers and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practice within their specific sector. Although the Care Certificate is designed for new staff, new to care and offers this group of staff their first step on their career ladder, it is also offers opportunities for existing staff to refresh or improve their knowledge.

For more information on the Care Certificate, timeframes to complete and resources available to you, please see Skillsforcare Care Certificate.

To access eLearning modules on the Care Certificate, please register with Log onto Care.

Workforce Development Fund

Funding for courses under the Qualification and Credit Framework

The Department of Health currently provide funding for a number of QCF Diplomas, Certificates and Awards in Health and Social Care subjects. One of the main criteria for receiving this funding is that your organisation is 90% compliant with the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS). For more information on how see Skills for Care Worfkforce Development Fund 2015.

The Berkshire WDF Partnership has been allocated £330,815.00 of WDF funding.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you, as employers, to access funding support for staff learning and development. All of you who submitted Workforce Plans for this funding should be able to claim the amounts you requested; plus the partnership should be able to increase membership and therefore benefit more local employers.

To find out how to join the Berkshire Partnership and start claiming, contact Liz Bailey: email:, Tel: 0118 9613714 / M: 079779 24354 / Fax: 0118 9613714

Are you a direct employer or personal assistant?

Skills for Care provides information for direct employers on:

  • the National Minimum Data Set, and how this links to funding for staff qualifications
  • good working relationships with personal assistants
  • how to use the Common Induction Standards.

Information hub for individual employers and personal assistants.

Skills for Care are offering funding to direct (individual) employers who wish to develop themselves and their personal assistants.

Training includes courses such as:

  • first aid
  • moving and assisting
  • elements of the Common Induction Standards
  • elements of the Manager Induction Standards
  • accredited qualification in health and social care (e.g. Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or Award in Dementia)
  • medication awareness.

Full guidance and an application form.