£1 million for care worker training

Funding to support the social service workforce

The Children’s Minister has announced new funding of £1.1 million to help support social service staff across Scotland who care for the most vulnerable people in society.

The Scottish Government funding will benefit more than 1,000 employees across 80 different charities that provide housing support and care at home services.

The money will allow staff to complete qualifications needed for registration with the workforce’s national regulator, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), and will ensure staff have the skills to provide the best possible services.

Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell said:

“Social care is a vital public service, protecting the most vulnerable people in our society. Having a skilled and valued workforce is crucial to ensuring individuals and families get the support they need. “I’m pleased we’ve been able to support charities through the Voluntary Sector Development Fund since 2003 to ensure a competent, confident, and valued social services workforce in Scotland. “Social services staff across the country will feel a real benefit of this investment as training will increase the quality of social care and provide better care for family members and loved-ones.”

Anna Fowlie

Anna Fowlie

SSSC Chief Executive Anna Fowlie said:

“I’m very pleased to see the Government has maintained its commitment to providing funding to help voluntary sector employers support their staff to get the qualifications they need for registration with the SSSC. We know that a skilled and qualified workforce improves the quality of social care and this is one way we can invest in and value these workers.”

3 Responses to “£1 million for care worker training”

  1. Ranald Mair

    Feb 19. 2016

    Clearly the ongoing commitment of money for Qualification Training in the Voluntary sector is very welcome.
    However, it does seem somewhat retrograde and divisive that there is no parallel commitment of resource for the Independent sector. a) We are meant to be adopting a partnership approach, and b) the Independent sector is actually the largest employer of Social Services staff.

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    • Lynn Laughland

      Feb 25. 2016

      Any funding for skills and development is welcomed however as Ranald Mair Scottish Care has highlighted we are striving to move towards integrated health and social care delivered in partnership across the statutory, third and independent sector. The allocation of funding to one partner is divisive and unhelpful and serves to fragment and further disadvantage the majority of service users in Scotland and their support staff in the independent sector. It would be helpful to have been given some sound information on what steps the Scottish Social Services Council are doing to redress this discrimination and imbalance.Hopefully then we could assert we are working in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of all.

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  2. Sandra Wilson

    Feb 24. 2016

    Hi Ranald,

    Thank you for your comment. The voluntary sector development grant is made by the Scottish Government. If you have any questions about this grant please contact ocswa@gov.scot

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