Useful links to resources related to training.
Once a PA starts employment, it is recommended that the employer introduces them to the way that they need them to work. This is done most easily by an induction. ARC has developed a new distance learning pack ‘Getting Started Together’. It is a specialist induction designed for Personal Assistant Employers and Personal Assistants (PA) to work through together. It has information, exercises and practical examples and covers all 8 of the Common Induction Standards for Social Care. It was piloted and evaluated by PA Net members. Cost for PA Net members: £40 | Non-Member: £60. To order visit the ARC shop or call ARC sales on 01246 555043
ARC has also produced a companion Guidance Pack for the PA Employer ‘Getting Your Personal Assistant Started’. It was developed to support the PA Employer as they guide their new PA through the Induction process and was also piloted and evaluated by PA Net members. Cost for PA Net Member: £18 non-members £23. To order visit the ARC shop or call ARC sales on 01246 555043
ARC has also produced a Qualification in Health and Social Care mapping a credit accumulation route a Personal Assistant may decide to go to gain a Qualification. This is just an example and ARC would be happy to give advice on other routes to gaining QCF qualification or details of how to access the funding available through Skills for Care.
Good News!! Skills for Care has allocated money to fund training, development or qualifications that demonstrate value for money and meet the needs of the individual employer and their personal assistants. So you can apply for funding now to cover the costs of the ‘Getting your PA Started’ and ‘Getting Started together’ training packs. Grant funding will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis between now and 31 March 2013 and if your application is successful, Skills for Care will pay the money directly into your bank account so that you can purchase one or both of the packs. The training must be completed by 31sr March 2013.
Although the Grant funding application is 12 pages long, most of it is telling you the rules for applying and the rest is quite easy. There are Skils for Care Grant Funding Guidance and we are happy to help with any question you find difficult – just contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
Training ensures that PA’s keep up to date with safe working and gives them more skills and confidence. The new qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) replace the previous NVQs and offer a new way of recognising skills and gaining qualifications. They do this by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning) which enables people to gain qualifications at their own pace.
PA Net members often told us that NVQs did not always fit with the work roles and training needs of PAs. For PAs wanting to obtain a recognized qualification they often had to learn and show competence of a skill which was not required by their employer. The new qualifications are much more flexible, and the ‘mix and match’ approach fits much better for hands-on training. Skills for care has produced an excellent QCF case study showing suggested training routes which will tailor the learning around the skills a PA needs for their job role.
- Care Training Code: a guide for individuals buying in training for their own staff. This guide can be downloaded from the Skills for Care website, select ‘Individuals’ for the relevant guide.