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Grant helps fund training for adult social care providers

Published August 26, 2020 1.39pm

Adult social care providers across County Durham will be able to access additional training for their staff thanks to a £44,000 grant.

Care academy grant

Adult social care providers can apply for funding from the Workforce Development Fund by joining the County Durham Care Academy

County Durham Care Academy has secured the funding from the Workforce Development Fund to help local care providers cover the cost of upskilling their staff.

Launched by the council last year, the Care Academy aims to improve skills and resilience within the care sector by offering support across a range of areas including recruitment and retention of staff and managers, training and service delivery.

The grant from the Workforce Development Fund, which is administered through Skills for Care and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, will assist with the academy's training role.

Cllr Lucy Hovvels, our Cabinet member for adult and health services, said: "We are delighted to have secured this grant from the Workforce Development Fund.


"It will help to ensure the continued professional development of staff across the adult social care sector and is part of a broader range of training and development opportunities being rolled out in County Durham.

"Care workers are working so hard to keep vulnerable people safe and well at the moment and we would like to assure them we are doing everything we can to support them."

Developing skills

The funding can be used towards the cost of staff completing a broad range of qualifications, learning programmes and digital skills modules. In order to apply, adult social care providers must first join the Care Academy. To request a membership form, contact 

For more information about the funding, visit the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) page.


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