North East pioneers work-based training

A scheme offering care and social work staff in the North East
the opportunity to do work-based training has been set up by Topss

The Accreditation of Workplace Learning Project hopes to improve
access to accredited qualification schemes – everything from NVQ1
to PQ7 will be available. It is targeting voluntary and private
sector employers in Tyne and Wear, the Tees Valley, Durham and
Northumberland as many do not offer accredited courses.

Mike Soanes, learning and development manager at Barnardo’s
Northeast, which has signed up to the scheme, says: “Most training
takes place in the work place and this seems to offer a way of
recognising and accrediting that.”

The scheme’s manager, Anne Hubbard, hopes it will improve staff
retention by providing a structured approach to career development
and meet the government’s NVQ training targets.

The scheme has received almost £700,000 of Learning and Skills
Council funding.

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