The Partnership encourages, supports and develops the skills of workers in the local social care sector. It was set up in 2004 in response to the Welsh Assembly Government’s requirement for each local authority to take lead responsibility for the Social Care Workforce Development Grant.
The overall aim is to develop and implement a workforce development plan across the social care sector within Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The ultimate purpose of the plan is the provision of quality services to social care users, their carers and families through the development of an appropriately skilled and qualified social care workforce (see Terms of Reference)
Membership is open to and includes all contracted providers of social care services within Rhondda Cynon Taff, whether statutory, independent or voluntary. Service users and carers are an important part of the partnership, as are education and training providers. The Social Care Workforce Development Partnership also works hand-in-hand with health care providers under the umbrella of the Local Health Board. An Executive Group coordinates the work of the partnership (see Executive Membership).
What does the Social Care Workforce Development Partnership Do?
Workforce information/Training Needs Analysis. The Partnership gathers information about the local social care workforce and completes training analyses annually to help plan and commission training to meet those needs
Training. The partnership produces a schedule of training events, available to partnership members
Workshops. Whole partnership workshops are arranged periodically to share information and experience of relevant topics
NVQs. The SCWDP Grant funds a Bursary Scheme which helps organisations meet the statutory NVQ qualification targets
Resources. A library of training resources is available to partnership members
Routes into Employment. In partnership with Educ8 Training and Coleg Morgannwg, 14-16 and
16-19 Care Pathway programmes are operating, funded by the SCWDP and the RCT 14 – 19 Network. These pathways provide youngsters with a clear route into a career in the care sector.
Newsletters. Regular newsletters are produced to keep all partnership members informed of activities and news
Your Social Care Workforce Development Partnership Team are:
We are an active member of Social Care in Partnership (South East) , working across south east Wales to promote recruitment, retention and development across the whole social care workforce.
The Care Council for Wales promotes high standards for social care workers to improve safeguards for users of social care services.
Interlink is Rhondda Cynon Taff’s umbrella group for the voluntary sector and they organise a programme of training which is listed in their website.
Age UK (formed by the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern) has a website called My Home Life which publishes free staff development and other materials.
Dewis Centre for Independent Living provides a calendar of training events, including disability equality training and courses in various aspects of care.
There are good quality training courses free on line at Social Care TV.
There is an extensive list of available training resources published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Fframwaith Children and Young People’s Partnership lists training opportunities in their website.
The latest information on the Vetting and Baring Scheme is available on the Independent Safeguarding Authority’s website.