Consultation opens on workforce strategy

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

Topss England has opened consultation on the draft objectives for a new workforce development strategy for the whole of social care. The new strategy is to replace the five-year old Modernising the Social Care Workforce national training strategy, which expires in 2005. The consultation document is available at and responses must be made by April 1, 2005. As with the present strategy, Topss proposes that employers should spend at least the equivalent of three per cent of their staffing budget on workforce development. Individual employees should contribute 15 per cent of the cost of their own development, but this is envisaged to take the form of personal study time rather than cash payment, also as in the present strategy. Topss England chair Arthur Keefe said it was recognised by Topss that the success of Modernising the Social Care Workforce had been due to employers across the sector taking up its objectives and making them their own. “This is essential for the replacement strategy to

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