Skills for Care has announced the launch of the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS), which provides the leading source of workforce intelligence for the adult social care sector in England.
The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) allows social care employers to manage team records, keep on top of training needs and benchmark their service against other similar providers on metrics, including pay, sickness, turnover and qualifications.
These insights can provide useful support for workforce planning and the workforce data shared by social care employers is also used by Skills for Care to provide crucial insight into the sector across England.
ASC-WDS users also gain access to training programmes, such as the ‘Rapid induction programme’ which supports new entrants into care to gain essential knowledge so that they’re ready to start work. Additionally, an up-to-date ASC-WDS account means adult social care providers are eligible to claim from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). In 2020-21 funding was provided to support over 18,000 qualifications, learning programmes and digital modules.
Skills for Care has also published a new Benefits Bundle, launched this week, which will provide all new and existing ASC-WDS account holders with special offers and discounts across Skills for Care’s products and services, including 10% off all items in their bookshop and the Skills for Care e-learning modules.
Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth (pictured) said: “Following our initial go-live two years ago we already have 20,000 employers using the service and providing us with valuable insights which are used to create our national reports and feed into key decisions and discussions among the government, DHSC and other key stakeholders.
“We are excited to now officially launch the service and we want to encourage more social care employers to sign up to share their insights. It also means they can make use of all of the practical benefits which the service offers to easily manage key workforce data, including staff records and training needs.
“Our new Benefits Bundle for our ASC-WDS users is just one small way of saying thank you to employers for the important intelligence that they share with the sector.”