Training issues: achieving competence for your staff

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

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) have become the most popular qualification for care workers. Marion Witton talks about a new diploma course and the importance of training. Recent research has shown that NVQ is now the most popular qualification for care staff in homes, but a leading UKCC official has said “If Sooty does the assessment, anything goes”. I know what she means. We are all aware that the Government has education and training as a priority but if the quality of the training or assessment is poor, there is a danger that unacceptable practice can be perpetuated. We have heard of one headmaster who wrote a memo to his staff on “London Waiting”. We assume he was talking about the London allowance and not the traffic problems encountered getting to the school, but it doesn’t inspire confidence in his teaching ability. The City and Guilds courses have traditionally been geared to both managers and care staff at different levels, and staff who have participated in these courses in local college

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