Skills for life Skills for Care have launched the first ever comprehensive online guide to resources and funding for social care, with directions and help for social care employees in relation to funding for staff development.

This guide has been developed because within social care there is no single source of funding support for workforce development, education, training or assessment. Due to this some organisations miss out on funding opportunities which could help improve the training of their staff.

The guide has been designed to be easy to use by focusing on national funding sections and then dividing these into a regional contact list for local sources of funding. Furthermore, the guide will be continually refreshed to ensure all information is up-to-date with Skills for Care making a hard copy available form the end of January 2009 complete with contact telephone numbers for each entry.

Skills for Care CEO Andrea Rowe said:

"There’s no doubt many employers do find the often dizzying array of funding sources an obstacle to seeking money to train their staff which is exactly why we’ve produced this easy to use guide,"

"For the very first time we have brought together the wide array of resources and funding opportunities nationally and regionally into one easy to use online guide as we want every one of the 38,000 social care employers to be able to more easily access resources to support the development of their staff."

"If we are serious about making sure that every one of 1.5 million social care workers can access high quality training then we must make sure that employers can access resources and funding as easily as possible to make that aspiration a reality."

The resources and funding guide which can be accessed here.