The Open Courses Awareness programme is now complete, and we have moved into the Advanced sessions, which are going well.
Our 'boutique' approach appears to have done the trick: small numbers, top content and a high quality experience, but affordability is they key.
Truth be told, we're quite snobby about the quality of our training, which is great, the boundaries need to be pushed to excellence always. BUT, there's no point in delivering high quality skills at a premium rate.
If people can't afford the training, the skills aren't getting into the workforce - whether they are basic or not - and the people who require great service and care to improve their lives are not getting the benefit of a trained workforce, which is silly.
The course was based around key courses in the Skills for Care's advice on CQC's workforce outcomes paper (available as a downloadable PDF here). The idea being that we can take new staff right through their induction and training standards to begin working in care. Indeed, the sessions can be purchased individually for refresher courses for practising workers or as continued professional development. We're pleased to say we have seen growth and development happening where it needs to, even in these times of austerity.
Lastly, Rose Tree have been directly involved with the development of a new Home and Health service in the North-East, creating new jobs locally to develop a revolutionary way of providing care in the region (more on that later!) and this programme has paid a key part in equipping workers with the skills they need.
It's great that we can put on this show, but without continued workforce investment we wouldn't have an audience, so here's a pat on the back for brave companies who are continuing to make care services better in tough times. What we're offering in return (we hope) is a route for companies to continue this high-quality investment in a more cost-effective way for everyone involved.
More feedback soon. Thanks for reading.