Individuals who employ their own care and support through a personal budget from health or social care, or their own money, can apply for money from Skills for Care to pay for training.
The training can be to develop their skills as an ‘employer’ and to develop the skills of their personal assistants (PAs).
It can be used to pay for lots of courses including:
- being a good boss
- moving and assisting
- first aid
- health and safety
- communication skills
- health and social care diplomas.
It can also cover the cost of travel and hiring a replacement PA.
Last year, Perveen Ahmad applied for funding to pay for a package of training for her PAs, that was tailored to her individual needs.
The package included nine training courses over three weeks. They worked with JD Training Solutions, a Skills for Care endorsed provider, to design tailored training around nutrition and hydration, level 2 food safety and infection control, first aid, safeguarding, health and safety and fire safety.
The training helped the team to develop their skills and knowledge, which has improved the quality of care they provide. It’s also motivated them in their role.
Perveen said: “The training has helped my PAs to reach their potential. This is just the start of their individual learning journey – they’ve already asked to do further training in the future. None of this would have been achievable without Skills for Care funding.”
How to apply
It’s easy to apply and each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.
Find out more and download the application form on the Skills for Care website.
Applications for 2019/20 funding closes at 17.00 on 28 February 2020.