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
    England.

    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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