National Skills Academy launched
A new National Skills Academy for Social Care, which will work with employers to improve training and care services throughout England, was launched in October.
The academy is the first welfare-related Skills Academy in the network of Skills Academies. It will direct learning support and training practice to the 1.5 million adult social care workers and 35,000 employers, particularly targeting small and medium-sized employers with limited training and development budgets.
The adult social care sector is facing serious shortages in trained and qualified workers against a backdrop a rapidly ageing population; employers are struggling to recruit and retain staff to a sector where jobs are regarded as low status and there is no clear cut career structure. Latest figures show that there is a 20% turnover in care home employees, and 40% of staff recruited across the sector leave within a year.
Speaking at the launch, care services minister Phil Hope said the Skills Academy would play a ke