Access Skills are currently running Government-funded Rapid Induction Care Certificate Training for employers who have recruited new staff. These courses are fully-funded by Skills for Care, so the employer does need to finance any of the training. Employers are able to access this funding with a valid ASC-WDS registration number.
If you do not have an ASC-WDS Number, this blog post will act as a guide on how to create an account, allowing you and your staff to access this bespoke funded training as well.
What is the ASC-WDS?
The ASC-WDS acronym stands for The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set. It is an online data collection service that collects all information on the adult social care workforce in England. This data is vital to the Government, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and the Department for Health and Social Care as this information allows them to plan, fund and monitor the health and social care sector. This service also helps care managers and providers run their business and ensure that their staff’s training needs are met, as they are able to access the Workplace Development Fund to fund crucial training courses.
What are the benefits of having an ASC-WDS account?
As well as being able to access the Workforce Development Fund for training and qualifications for your staff, the ASC-WDS service can support you as a manager in many ways.
- The system allows you to store and access key information about your staff in one place
- You can record your training and qualifications data for each of your employees, and the system will alert you as to when training is close to its expiry date
- The system also has data on other businesses within the sector, allowing you to see benchmarks on how your business is performing compared to others
- You can access intelligence from decision makers within the sector – such as the Government, the Department for Health and Social Care and CQC
How do you apply for an ASC-WDS account?
To create an account, you will need to know some basic details about your workplace and the main care service you provide. You will need to know your CQC location ID if you have one. For a complete breakdown on the information you will need to have to hand, please visit the Skills for Care website.
If you wish to get started, you can access the registration portal here.