Plans to train the social care workforce in Wales
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The Welsh Government has set out how a multi-million pound grant will be used to support the essential training of the social care workforce in Wales ahead of major legislative changes being introduced over the next three years.
A new Regulation and Inspection Bill, to be introduced in the National Assembly next year, will establish a National Institute for Care and Support to drive forward workforce improvement and development across the sector.
The new arrangements are designed to support essential training in the social care sector and ensure social care staff get the training they need, including training in relation to the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act. The Social Care Workforce Development Programme (SCWDP) is worth £8.2m with local authorities contributing 30% match funding. The five priorities for the SCWDP grant in 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be:
- To ensure staff engaged in duties delivered under the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 have the knowledge, skills and competencies to operate under the new legal framework;
- To ensure all core training and development, including induction and qualification training, is reframed to reflect the new legal framework;
- To continue the current support for social work training in Wales;
- To support the infrastructure for training across Wales, including local and regional partnership and joint working;
- To develop basic skills for frontline social care workers.