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Home > News > February 2006 > 16-Feb-2006

Skills for Care gives projects the green light

At a board meeting held last week, Skills for Care approved projects to develop a Sector Qualifications Strategy and to administer the framework for social care apprenticeships.

The organisation, part of the sector skills council Skills for Care and Development, intends to develop a Sector Qualification Strategy for all stakeholders within adult social care in England. This would then contribute to the UK-wide Sector Qualifications Strategy developed by Skills for Care and Development.

Skills for Care Chair, Donald Hoodless said: "The Sector Qualification Strategy allows the Sector Skills Council to take a lead role in determining the skills, standards, learning and qualifications needs for the sector now and in the next five to ten years. It also provides the basis for all education and training funding support decisions. This strategy, together with this week's call for registration of the workforce, will be hugely beneficial for the social care sector."

The board also approved Skills for Care's proposal to take responsibility for the administration of the Level 2 and Advanced Apprenticeships alongside those in health.

Donald Hoodless commented: "Our experience of some apprenticeship programmes and the Young Apprenticeship project is that with proper links into support and employer engagement completion rates in the sector can be at the highest level. With a properly informed and managed system we can encourage apprenticeships to fulfil the potential for the future."

Skills for Care is part of the sector skills council Skills for Care and Development. The other members of the Sector Skills Council are: The Children's Workforce Development Council, Care Council for Wales, Scottish Social Services Council and Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

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