Do you employ your own personal care assistants?
Exciting news! PA users can apply for money for training to develop their own skills as an employer and to pay for training for their PAs.
If you’re a PA user, find out more and download the application form from the Skills for Care website.
If you’re a PA, please tell your employer about the funding and share this email with them. We can also send you a leaflet which you can pass on – just email us here.
What can the money be used for?
There’s lots of courses you can apply for and we look at each application on a case by case basis.
Some of the most popular training courses and qualifications include:
- how to be a good employer
- communication skills
- British sign language
- first aid
- moving and handling
- health and safety
- condition specific training such as dementia or autism awareness
- Health and Social Care Diplomas.
The funding can also cover travel costs and the cost of hiring replacement PAs.
If you’re not sure if we’ll fund the training that you want to do, please click here to email us to find out more or call 0113 241 1275.
It can make a real difference
Sharon employs a team of PAs and applied for funding to pay for them to attend training as part of the Care Certificate. She told us:
“Skills for Care funding paid for six PAs to do training as part of the Care Certificate. The funding enabled the training to be delivered in my own home so it was personalised to my needs.
“The training has literally transformed my life. As a result of it we could train my PAs to a higher level, enabling them to perform my nursing tasks wherever I am – whether out socialising or at a friend’s house because my staff can now go everywhere with me.
“Skills for Care funding really has given me the ability to lead an independent life despite crippling disabilities.”
It’s easy to apply. Find out more and download the application form and guidance from our website.
Applications close on 28 February 2020.
More support from Skills for Care
There’s lots of information and guidance for individual employers, PAs and those who support them, such as user led organisations, on the Skills for Care information hub for individual employers and personal assistants.