Social care training fund is hugely oversubscribed

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The national projects part of the £15m social care training fund is more than two and a half times over-subscribed. The fund¹s administrator, TOPSS England, says social care is one of only four sectors the Department for Education and Skills was recommending as ready for the next stage towards becoming Sector Skills Councils. The 55 applications for the £3 million set aside for national projects totalled £8.2 million and TOPSS England is now selecting applications that are most likely to achieve targets for the Department of Health (D0H) money, in terms of numbers of new staff inductions, registered manager NVQs, and assessors, verifiers and mentors for care sector NVQs. TOPSS England chief executive Andrea Rowe said the main part of the £15m fund for 2002/3 had been divided between the nine TOPSS England regional training forums, and it was expected that the regional funds would be similarly over-subscribed. “To be fair, the DoH has never claimed that it would cover the whole cost of social care trainin

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