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Why learning and development matters

Throughout January and February, we’re shining our spotlight on how you can #KeepLearning and why ongoing learning and development is important for everyone working in adult social care.

Investing in learning and development is key for an organisation’s success. It develops skills and knowledge, supports better staff retention and helps to develop effective managers for now and the future, which ultimately supports better quality care and support.

This campaign will support managers and their teams to #KeepLearning by showcasing the learning and development opportunities available in 2024 and highlighting the real benefits of continuous learning.

Staff at all levels, including leaders and mangers, should have the opportunity to access learning and development if the highest standards of quality in social care are to be met and maintained across the sector.

Our data also shows that the average turnover rates decreased from 37% among staff who had no qualifications to 26.5% among those that had a qualification. The average turnover rate was 9.0 percentage points lower amongst care workers who had received some form of training (31.6%), compared to those who had not (40.6%).

Don’t miss a thing

Stay updated with our #KeepLearning campaign by keeping an eye on this page,,,  as well as our regular newsletters and communications.

We’ll be sharing blogs and articles covering expert insights and real-life case studies, as well as signposting to further resources, projects, and other support. 


Our resources can provide you with a variety of learning and development and funding opportunities to support your teams.


eLearning modules

We’ve developed a range of eLearning modules to support the development of knowledge and skills in different areas hosted on our virtual learning environment. 

The eLearning topics currently available are: 

  • Creating an inclusive organisation 
  • eLearning to support CQC inspection 
  • Introductory modules for managers 
  • Learning from events 

Find out more about our eLearning modules


Digital Skills Framework

This free resource helps to support the development of digital skills across the adult social care workforce.​ It can be used by employers to help with planning staff training or by individuals for their personal development. ​

Find out more about the framework


Learning socially

We host local and national events and networks on a variety of topics to help improve knowledge and understanding. We often record our webinars so you can access them at a time that suits you.

See our upcoming activity


Individual employers

Individual employers need to provide their personal assistant with appropriate training to ensure their unique support requirements are met. We have a range of resources, guidance and funding to help.

Find out more


For regulated professionals

Occupational therapy – We have a guide to support occupational therapy practice-based learning in social care settings. It will help you to identify placement opportunities within your organisation and demonstrate how you can plan, implement and sustain practice placement opportunities to support our future workforce.

Find out more and download the guide


Social work - The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) is a 12-month employment-based programme for newly qualified social workers. It allows them to learn and develop in the first year of their career whilst being supported by their employer, which can help with retention.

Find out more about ASYE


Nursing – The Nurse leadership development programme is specifically for registered nurses working in a leadership role across adult social care. It aims to increase leadership capabilities, provide shared learning opportunities and develop greater understanding of leadership models and theories.

Find out more


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced:

These are both projects that Ƶ has consulted and supported on with the sector.



Blogs and articles