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Embedding SfL in Social Care. LESSONS FROM THE STARCARE PROJECT. DAVID YOUNG LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER SOUTHWARK HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE. WHAT IS ‘STARCARE’?. Commenced in 2002 (currently preparing for 4 th phase Providing NVQ Levels 2/3/4 to Southwark care workers (P&V & Statutory)

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Embedding sfl in social care

Embedding SfL in Social Care

LESSONS FROM THE STARCARE PROJECT

DAVID YOUNG

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

SOUTHWARK HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE


What is starcare
WHAT IS ‘STARCARE’?

  • Commenced in 2002 (currently preparing for 4th phase

  • Providing NVQ Levels 2/3/4 to Southwark care workers (P&V & Statutory)

  • Funded from European Social Fund, TSIF & National Training Strategy Grant

  • Multi-agency partnership (employees from over 20 organisations, 3 NVQ providers)


Achievements to date
Achievements to Date

  • Winner: LSC Central LSC 2004 Championing Equality & Diversity

  • Over 400 successful candidates

  • Completion within 7 months on average

  • Pass rate averaging 86% (national average < 50%)

  • Written testimonials from candidates


Initial starcare components 1
Initial Starcare Components 1

  • Initial Diagnostic Element

  • Originally written submission

  • Cambridge diagnostics added (literacy, numeracy & ESOL)

  • For most recent phase, numeracy replaced by skillsort

  • Candidates ‘streamed’ into fast track, moderate & those with significant SfL needs


Initial starcare components 11
Initial Starcare Components 1

  • Compulsory workshop attendance in addition to on job assessment (on average 6)

  • 1:1 support for candidates

  • Learning sets for peer support

  • Some supplemental training – IT, some SfL


What issues did we find
What issues did we find?

  • Underestimated level of ESOL need – and needs more basic (around 5% referred to ESOL but many more would have benefited)

  • Success limited in bringing recognised ESOL providers into the workshops

  • High levels of concern regarding diagnostic testing

  • A dilemma – high achievement rates but not all SfL needs met


Changes for starcare 4
Changes for Starcare 4

  • Qualitative not quantitative

  • Re-directing funds to SfL with help of other funding streams e.g. Train to Gain

  • Getting employer buy-in to extra support

  • Widening partnership to include recognised deliverers of SfL - but…..

  • Keeping it wrapped around NVQ progression


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