Skills for Care - Workforce development and planning

Skills for Care is the strategic workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England, supporting the social care sector with guidance on best practice, tools, resources and workforce intelligence.


Investing in workforce development helps retain staff and secure the right skills and knowledge to deliver high quality care and support. There are different ways to access money to help reduce the cost of learning and development and help your budget go further. Adult social care employers can claim money from the Workforce Development Fund towards the costs of a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules as well as other costs associated with training and apprenticeships.

Support for leaders and managers

Dedicated support and information for registered managers includes an advice line, webinars and podcasts, Whatsapp and Facebook groups as well as locality and specialism-based networks.

Recruitment and retention

There is a range of evidence-based tools and resources to help each organisation attract and keep people with the right values.

Workforce development

Specialist learning and development for social care staff delivers the right skills and knowledge for high quality care. Comprehensive guidance covers induction and Care Certificate, apprenticeships and programmes for senior leaders and mangers. There are tools and materials across an A to Z of care topics and a directory of endorsed social care training providers.

Quality and inspections

Whether establishing a new service, seeking to improve quality or working for an Outstanding rating there is practical guidance to support all organisations to meet Care Quality Commission Standards.

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS)

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is an online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England. The service helps care providers run their business and manage their staff training needs. It can also provide access to the Workforce Development Fund, a valuable source of funding for staff training.

Open an ASC-WDS account

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