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31st May 2013

Welsh Government announces £8m grant to boost social care training

The Welsh Government today announced a grant of more than £8 million to boost training for the social care workforce.

The £8.16 million grant is earmarked to help ldevelop the social care workforce and is part of a £11.66 million package for 2013-14. As well as training the grant is aimed at helping boost the status of the social care profession in Wales.

Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas, who announced the grant said: "We need to ensure that people delivering front line care have the essential skills to carry out their roles to the best of their ability in line with our ambition to increase the status and profile of the social care workforce in Wales.

“I set out an ambitious and deliverable programme in Sustainable Social Services: A Framework for Action which I believe is improving provision of social services across the spectrum.

“This funding is a result of the Welsh Government’s commitment to raising standards of practice. We want to boost the esteem in which social work and social care is held in the public eye, recognising the good work that goes on and enabling us to recruit and train the best people.”

The Welsh Government will provide 70 per cent of the total value of the social care workforce development programme with local authorities responsible for the remainder.

Find out more about the boost for social care training in Wales



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