Training Guide for PA's

Compass Disability Services was successful with an application to Skills for Care to help to develop a Learning & Development Guide that is aimed at Personal Assistants.  This project ran over the course of five months from November 2014 to March 2015.

We held focus group meetings to review draft versions of the guide and also asked employers and personal assistants for their views over the phone and by email.  All of the views gathered were fed back to Skills for Care. The final title of the document is “Learning & Development: A practical Guide for Personal Assistants”.

The final version of the guide has now been published and can be viewed here: A practical guide to learning and development for personal assistants.

During the course of this project it became apparent that the cost of training and the cost of replacement staff, or the PA missing work, was a real issue or worry for many people, and could potentially make training for PAs prohibitive.  However Skills for Care can help with funding for training for their personal assistants, they can also help with the cost of a replacement PA (whilst their PA is on the training) and for travel costs.  For more information about this go to: http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/individualemployerfunding

Skills for Care is a national not-for-profit organisation that focusses on workforce development for adult social care in England; this sector is growing rapidly and currently has around 17,000 employers and a workforce of around 1.5 million workers.  Skills for Care works with employers to share best practice and raise quality and standards, the aim is to ensure dignity and respect are at the heart of service delivery.

More information on Skills for Care can be found here: www.skillsforcare.org.uk