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
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.
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