Skills for Care inspires carers to #KeepLearning

Skills for Care is running a campaign to inspire social care workers to #KeepLearning throughout January and February.

The Keep learning for success campaign aims to promote the benefits of learning and development for staff and to raise awareness of opportunities available for ongoing learning.

According to Skills for Care, staff at all levels, including leaders and mangers, should have the opportunity to access learning and development if the highest standards of quality in social care are to be met and maintained across the sector.

Research undertaken by the strategic workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England highlights a 31.6 per cent turnover rate for those workers with training recorded, compared to 40.6 per cent for those who did not have training recorded.

Care workers with social care qualifications were also less likely to leave their roles, with a 37 per cent turnover rate for those with no relevant qualification, compared to 26.5 per cent of those that did have a qualification.

Running across the organisation’s website and social media, #KeepLearning will cover what learning and development opportunities are available in 2024 – from training to continuing professional development to events, the benefits that learning and development has for staff and people drawing on care and support, and the importance of learning and development for new, aspiring, and experienced managers.

Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said: “Ongoing learning and development is absolutely vital for staff at all levels – from people who are brand new to care to experienced senior managers.

“There are so many benefits of a strong learning culture for organisations and individuals. Crucially ongoing learning and development supports the best quality of care for people who draw on support.

“The sector is currently facing major retention challenges and so the positive impact which learning and development has on staff retention must be utilised.

“We’re excited to again start the new year with our #KeepLearning campaign, highlighting the many learning and development opportunities available for social care workers in 2024.”

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