Wiltshire Care Partnership works closely with the BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire Care Skills Partnership, BSWCSP, (formerly the Wiltshire & Swindon Care Skills Partnership) to identify and meet care providers’ ongoing training and development needs. BSWCSP is an employer led partnership that covers the Independent, Voluntary & Private (IVP) adult care workforce in BANES, Wiltshire & Swindon. BSWCSP is financially supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council (BANES), Wiltshire Council (WC), Swindon Borough Council (SBC) and Skills for Care (SfC). The Partnership Lead is Sharon Cloude and she is employed by WC, with some financial reimbursement from BANES and SBC.
The partnership provides advice and support to the BANES, Wiltshire & Swindon IVP Sector on adult training courses, apprenticeships and traineeships with regard to grants and funding which may be available for staff training. There are currently two streams of funding available through the BSWCSP:
Workforce Development Fund (WDF) - This can be claimed by employers for any QCF/NVQ qualifications which it funds for its staff. To be able to claim this an employer will need to be NMDS-SC compliant and complete a BSWCSP membership form which, on completion, Sharon will send to SfC to register the organisation. The employer is able to claim up to £690 for a typical Level 2 QCF qualification.
Contributory Grant - This grant is funded by WC and SBC and given to the BSWCSP to be distributed across the work force and there is a limit to how much any employer can claim. It can be claimed by any adult care employer in Wiltshire & Swindon who needs specific or specialist training for their staff; however the grant cannot be used to fund any “mandatory” training which is needed for the organisation to be CQC compliant, or any QCF/NVQ as this can be claimed under the WDF above.
BSWCSP also holds Registered Managers Network (RMN) meetings four times per year. These meetings are intended for Managers of any adult care service in BANES, Wiltshire & Swindon. They are, along with training days for Managers, a way for Managers to come together, network and share ongoing problems, training needs and any difficulties which they may face.
For the latest information on the training and grant support available, and the LEN meetings, please visit the BSWCSP website.