Sector Skills Agreement for the Scottish social services sector

12 Apr 2016

In 2007-2008 each Sector Skills Council was required to undertake a Sector Skills Agreement (SSA). The Scottish Social Services Council, as part of Skills for Care and Development, produced one for the Scottish social services sector. The SSA consisted of 5 stages. Stages 1, 2, 3 and 5 ended in a written report. These reports are presented below along with a summary document.

Summary

This document summarises the Scottish Social Services Council's SSA for the social services sector. It describes the five stages of the SSA and outlines key findings from stages 1 and 2 of the SSA, which relate to: the size and shape of the sector; training and qualifications available; and training expenditure and funding. It highlights a selection of key issues identified during the SSA process and suggests solutions and actions. It gives details of the organisations (of which the Scottish Social Services Council is one) included under the umbrella of Skills for Care and Development, the Sector Skills Council for social care, early years, and the children and young people's workforce. Published: May 2008.

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Stage 1

This document summarises the current and future skills needs of the social services workforce in Scotland. It forms part of a five stage process co-ordinated by Skills for Care and Development to inform the Sector Skills Agreement of the social services sector in Scotland. It looks at the size and structure of the sector and examines drivers of change within the sector, particularly the demand for skills. It considers current and future skills needs, drawing on analysis of Labour Force Survey data and SSSC commissioned survey research, and discusses the issues that will influence demand for skills in the long term. Published: August 2007.

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Stage 2

This document assesses education and training provision against the current and future skills needs of the social services workforce in Scotland. It forms part of a five stage process co-ordinated by Skills for Care and Development to inform the Sector Skills Agreement of the Social services sector in Scotland. It sets out the most significant skills and learning needs and examines the training and qualifications available to the sector. It analyses data on the provision of available qualifications, discusses training expenditure and funding and assesses how well skills and learning provision meets demand. Published August 2007.

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Stage 3

This document presents stage 3 of the Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) for the social work, social care, early years and childcare workforce in Scotland, developed by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which is part of the Sector Skills Council (SSC) Skills for Care and Development. It describes the methodology of stage 3 and sets out key findings from stages 1 and 2 of the SSA. It looks at what is known of the likely future growth of the sector and examines gaps between skills demand and supply. It looks at the SSSC's range of current and future planned activities and how they match the skills gaps identified and proposes solutions. Published: December 2007.

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Stage 5

This document presents the final report of the Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) for Scotland for the social care, early years and children and young people's workforce, undertaken by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which is part of Skills for Care and Development, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for this area. It explains that the aim of stage 5 of the SSA is to agree on the most appropriate solutions to meet the sector's skills priorities. It describes the methodology of the SSA and gives an overview of the key findings from stages 1 and 2 of the SSA along with additional skills issues uncovered during stage 3. It examines the degree of fit between the supply of and demand for skills in the sector, gives an overview of the range of workforce development and training activity already taking place in the sector which is funded by the government but not part of the work of the SSC and proposes solutions to each of the skills gaps previously identified in the report. It also contains supplementary information in appendices. Published: March 2008.

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