Launch: The Care & Support West Training Hub

Care and Support West, a leading body representing social care and health providers in the South West has joined up with Skills for Health’s Skills Platform to create an integrated online training hub for local providers.

Responding to member feedback, Care and Support West has worked with the Skills Platform tackle to tackle urgent issues surrounding the provision of quality, evidence-based training in the adult care sector.

Quality Training for all

Barbara Harris of the Care and Support West said "For many care home providers, training is a large portion of an ever-shrinking budget. Smaller organisations don’t have the administrative resources to plan, assess and analyse the market to get best value and quality. Our partnership with the Skills Platform really helps providers in the local area to access the best quality training".

Care providers can now source social care and healthcare training from one place, knowing the courses will be local to them - saving on time and travel costs, and that all training providers come with a recommendation from the Care and Support West network.

Sam Hawker from AbleCare Homes in Bristol commented "We run our own mandatory training courses and have a network of established training providers but sometimes find it hard to source what we need when a new or specialist subject comes up. The search facility on the Platform will mean we can easily look for courses running in our area and book team members onto the courses with no fuss"

Care & Support West are using a localised version of the Skills Platform that provides the best of both worlds with access to local and national training provision. There are a range of providers including organisations that care homes might not think to access such as the University of West of England Bristol.

Peter Connors, commented "As a specialist social care training provider serving the West of England area we at Q Training (Bristol) Ltd find the Skills Platform an invaluable tool to present what we offer to local social care employers. It’s easy to use and easy on the eye and has the potential to match providers such as us with care providers seeking training services".

Saving training costs through collaboration

It's not uncommon for training seats to go unattended in the care sector as emergencies pull front line staff away from planned sessions. This drives up costs and increases the logistical burden as care providers have to find alternative dates.

Through the Skills Platform, Care & Support West providers can broadcast last minute availability of courses to the network. In the click of a button, training providers and care providers with capacity can let the rest of the community know about available spaces.

Barbara Harris adds: The Skills Platform's broadcast function is a great way to make the budgets go farther. I’m sure this is something our members will appreciate.

Dave Evans of the Skills Platform commented "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Care and Support West to help care providers find quality training in the local area. It’s an opportunity to showcase what the Skills Platform can do on a local as well as national level" – Dave Evans Product Manager, Skills Platform.

John Rogers of the Workforce Development Trust and Skills for Health said "The development of the Care and Support West Training Hub will enable employers and employees to access good quality training in an affordable, convenient and practical way. The Skills Platform will play an integral part in brokering relationships between care and training providers and supporting workforce development across the region".

Organisations interested in offering training locally or nationally can register here.

Find out more about the platform here: https://www.skillsplatform.org/care-support-west-n...

About the Skills Platform

The Skills Platform is a unique marketplace resource committed to sector-specific learning and progression in the health, social care and not for profit sectors.

The platform provides an online marketplace where employers and individuals can search for and compare solutions to their training needs – whether that is direct training, mentoring, consultancy, e-learning or more informal activity. It also offers the facility for employers to make their training provision available to external customers.

The Skills Platform is hosted by Skills for Health who are a registered charity and a not for profit organisation. Skills for Health are the sector skills council for health, operating in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Health to improve skills in healthcare.

About Care and Support West

Care and Support West is a leading representative body for companies, charities, organisations and individuals involved in the social care, support and health sectors in the West of England. ?We work in partnership with a wide range of statutory agencies who share the same commitment to quality, choice and value. We also ensure that these partnerships are based on respect and fair treatment.