Nominations Open For 2007 Skills For Care Accolades

Nominations are open for one of the most prestigious events on the national social care calendar. Public, independent and voluntary sectors across the land are being invited to submit nominations for the 2007 Skills for Care Accolades celebrating the best practice in developing a high quality social care workforce.

Nominators have until deadline day Friday June 15 to submit entries to the twelve categories that have been set by Skills for Care, which is the workforce development body for adult social care in England.

It’s the fifth year of the Accolades, which culminate in a glittering awards ceremony in London in October. In keeping with previous years, the categories for the awards are designed to commend workforce development that demonstrates particular aspects of the national training strategy, `Modernising the Social Care Workforce.`

The Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care, Andrea Rowe, says that the prestigious panels of judges the Accolades attracts have a difficult task ahead. She explained: “We know that some excellent work is being undertaken covering workforce development in all its forms across the country.

“The Accolades are a celebration of that – and the dedication and commitment that is demonstrated daily by the many thousands of people working within the sector. We want nominators to tell us who they think deserves to win a gong for workforce development in the social care sector, and crucially – why.”

Social care organisations have the opportunity to win one of twelve Accolades from a variety of categories, and in addition one overall winner of winners will be selected.

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Best employer of over 250 staff
  • Best employer of under 250 staff
  • Best training provider/assessment centre
  • Best in house training/assessment centre
  • Best involvement of people who use services and/or carers in developing staff in social care
  • Most innovative and effective recruitment initiative that brings new and returning people into the workforce
  • Most effective partnership for workforce development
  • Most innovative model of practice learning for social work students
  • Most innovative new type of worker or way of working
  • Best employer promoting continuing professional development

The following categories are applicable to the children and young people’s social care workforce only:

  • Best involvement of people who use services and/or carers in developing staff in social care
  • Most effective partnership for workforce development

Nomination packs can be downloaded free of charge from the Skills for Care website or by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0113 2411275.