Training Needs Analysis for Walsall Early Years Learning and Family Support Team

Meeting the required training standards

The Children’s Workforce Strategy recognises that a suitably qualified workforce is essential if children are to have the quality services they need. Since 2006 the government has provided £250m to help create a more professional early years workforce. Research can help you assess the qualifications your staff hold and determine their future training needs.

Assessing training needs in Walsall
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Research can help you assess the qualifications your staff hold and determine their future training needs

Walsall’s Early Years Learning and Family Support Team commissioned Qa Research to undertake a training needs analysis of the childcare and early years workforce. Qa collected 569 surveys from early years staff who submitted self-completion surveys or participated online and by telephone.

The aims of the research were to collect, collate and analyse information on:

  • the ethnicity, gender, disability and age of childcare practitioners
  • their work experience, including levels of responsibility
  • current working arrangements
  • the level and range of qualifications held
  • the level and range of qualifications being undertaken
  • take up and interest in short training courses
  • areas where practitioners feel they need more support to improve their practice career aspirations over the next three years
  • barriers to accessing qualifications or continuing professional development opportunities

Providing new training and development opportunities for staff

The results have enabled Walsall to begin planning and implementing a training programme that better meets the needs of their workforce and offers tailored packages for individuals.

For more details e-mail becky.gulc@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039