Health minister tells TOPSS £15m will be earmarked for social care training

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

Health minister Jacqui Smith told the TOPSS England conference on February 14 that she would channel £15 million for social care training through TOPSS England to employers. TOPSS England chair Arthur Keefe said the achievement of quality of care was directly tied to the quality of staff training in the sector, and channelling significant funding to employers through TOPSS was a big step towards realising the aims of the Modernising the Social Care Workforce national training strategy. “The care sector should realise, however, that this money is just one piece of a complex funding structure,” Mr Keefe said. “Our training strategy estimated costs of anything from £50­£100 million per year as the true cost of care sector training, depending upon which priorities come in which years. There is still a huge role for both independent and statutory sector employers to play in coming together to attract funds from Learning and Skills Councils, Regional Development Agencies, Small Business Services and the Europea

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