6 Jun Implementing the Social Services Bill - organisation, support and accountability Scheduled to be held as the Social Services (Wales) Bill is debated in the National Assembly, this timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the key reforms proposed in the Bill. more…
17 Jun Social Care Week Social Care Week is an opportunity to focus on the workers who provide vital social care services that support more than 150,000 people every day here in Wales. Around 88,000 social workers and social care workers provide these services, but this work often goes unnoticed. more…
21 Jun Social Care Accolades Preparations are well underway for this year's Social Care Accolades which will be awarded in a special ceremony on 21 June in Cardiff City Hall. more…
27 Jun Social Services and Well-being: Creating tomorrow's care today The ADSS Cymru Annual conference is the premier showcase for those involved in the delivery of social services to children, families and adults. It is the main networking event in the Social Services calendar in Wales. more…
12 Jun Cymru Safeguarding Conference Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister, will be addressing this event, where key speakers and workshops will be focussing on the safeguarding of both Children and Adults in Wales. more…
17 Jul Next steps for integrating health and social care services in Wales This seminar focuses on next steps for integrating primary and secondary care services in Wales. more…
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16 May £1.8m to be invested in developing excellent social work practice in Wales The Care Council is to spend £1.8m over the next six years on raising the standard of social work practice in Wales to a new level of excellence. more…
8 May New Practice Guidance for the first year as an Early Years Manager The Care Council has launched First Year as a Manager: Practice Guidance which aims to help develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of newly appointed early years managers. more…
2 May Guide leads way to career worth caring about A new publication from the Care Council for Wales aims to lead the way to careers in social care, social work or early years and childcare. more…
2 May Social Care Accolades 2013 Finalists Revealed! The finalists of the 2013 Social Care Accolades have been announced. The winners of the Accolades, which are led by the Care Council for Wales, will be announced on June 21, 2013. more…
17 Apr New booklet explains continuing professional development framework for social workers A new booklet has been published by the Care Council to explain the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework for social workers. more…
16 Apr Adult Care Home Worker Struck off Register An adult care home worker from Anglesey who was convicted of fraud has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers. more…
The Care Council for Wales in partnership with Skills for Health develop the Apprenticeship Framework for Health and Social Care is available and can now be downloaded from Apprenticeship Frameworks on line.
Care Council for Wales develop the Apprenticeship Framework for Children's Care Learning and Development and can now be downloaded from Apprenticeship Frameworks on line.
Attention level 2 and 3 Frameworks in Children’s Care Learning and Development and Health and Social Care
The Care Council for Wales are committed to making the previously advertised changes to the Essential Skills Wales a requirement in 2013. However we are also mindful that some changes will be required to frameworks when the final Specification of Apprenticeship Standards in Wales are published and the current non-statutory frameworks require to be formally issued. It is important to try to keep the number of framework issues to a minimum to avoid confusion for providers and learners. Therefore we will delay the changes until Welsh Government enact the Apprenticeship, Children, Learning and Skills Act in Wales. All changes will be made at one time and new frameworks issued. We will let providers know when this happens, but please make sure that you use Apprenticeship Frameworks online, when signing up new learners to ensure you are using the current framework and know the requirements in detail.
The changes that will be made are listed below.
Level 2 Frameworks
Will require to have Level 2 Communication, Level 1 Application of Number and Level 1 Information and Communication Technology
Level 3 Frameworks
Will require to have Level 3 Communication, Level 2 Application of Number and Level 1 Information and Communication Technology
Employee Rights and Responsibility Workbook
The new Employee Rights and Responsibilities workbook is now available to download.
The Review of Apprenticeship Frameworks 2012
Care Council for Wales would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent review of apprenticeship frameworks in Health and Social Care and Children’s Care Learning and Development. The Council have taken account of all of the views expressed, together with the needs of employers which were encapsulated in the Sector Qualification and Learning Strategy. Officers from the Council will make recommendations from the review to the Workforce Development Committee in October 2012 and it is likely that some increases to the Essential Skills Wales requirements will be made. Specifically, in communication at level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship Frameworks where the level will be raised to level 2 and also that we will include ICT, initially at level 1 for all levels of both frameworks.
The changes to the frameworks will be formally communicated to providers following the Workforce Development Committee meeting in October 2012 and take effect from Jan 2013. This timeframe will enable learning providers to plan for the required changes and DfES to reconsider funding. Please check the Care Council website and the Alliance Sector Skills Council website regularly for further updates.
The new frameworks offer employers the opportunity to recruit staff and provide them with training to meet the needs of the social care children and young people's workforce in the 21st century. Care Council for Wales have prepared some leaflets on how employers can use apprenticeships to recruit new staff and train existing staff.
The revised frameworks contain new QCF qualifications that provide occupational competence and are achievable for learners, employers and learning suppliers.
- There are no separate technical certificates for social care or CCLD in Wales.
- The required Essential Skills included remain Application of Number and Communication.
- New Employee Rights and Responsibility books are available for Health and Social Care and CCLD
Essential Skills Wales within Children’s Care, Learning and Development and Health and Social Care (Wales: Non-statutory) Apprenticeship Frameworks.
Care Council for Wales remain committed to driving up the literacy and numeracy of all learners in our sector to contribute to the professionalization of the workforce and the improvement of the quality of services received by people who use services, children and their families. This is to support the intended outcomes from the Welsh Government policy statements Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action and Nurturing Children: Supporting Families.
Following discussions with the DfES funding team it has been agreed that Key Skills gained between 2009 and the end date for Key Skills of August 2011 can be used as an alternative to Essential Skills Wales in both frameworks listed above.
We continue to encourage learning providers to see the requirements in the framework as minimum requirements and to encourage learners to do the next level of Essential Skills if they already hold the minimum Key Skills requirements to start this process.
Following recent discussions with employers, we believe that there remains a real and urgent need to improve literacy and numeracy skills across the workforce and potential workforce. When the framework is reviewed early next year, we will be considering making minimum requirements of level 2 Essential Skills for level 2 frameworks and level 3 for level 3 frameworks and including ICT as a required element.
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