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Delivering 'the big deal' : a summary of stages 1-3 of the Sector Skills Agreement

Children's Workforce Development Council
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delivering ‘the big deal’ A summary of stages 1-3 of the Sector Skills Agreement December 2007 Acknowledgements The Children’s Workforce Development Council would like to thank all employers, employees, volunteers, other stakeholders and partners who have been involved in the development of this Sector Skills Agreement to date. Copies of the full reports and information on progress are available at Contents A foreword to ‘the big deal’ 3 Delivering ‘the big deal’ 4 Understanding Sector Skills Agreements 6 Stage 1 – A Skills Needs Assessment for the children’s workforce 8 Stage 2 – Understanding supply in the children’s workforce 9 Synthesis of key findings from stages 1 and 2 10 Stage 3 – Gap Analysis Report 11 Priorities for Action 13 Priority 1: Recruitment and Retention 13 Priority 2: Workforce Skills 14 Priority 3: Qualifications and Training 15 Priority 4: Funding for Training and Development 16 Priority 5: Workforce Intelligence 17 The Challenge for the Future 18 A foreword to ‘the big deal’ The Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) exists to make a difference to the lives of children and young people through support for employers, those in the children’s workforce and volunteers. The Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) is our chance to set out what employers and the workforce need to deliver the very best outcomes for children, young people and families. The SSA has already helped us to understand the needs of the sector. By listening to, and consulting with, employers, the workforce and a wide range of stakeholders from the private, public and Third sectors, we have been able to design an action plan to deliver the skills the children’s workforce needs. Ultimately, this will help guarantee better children’s services delivered by a highly skilled and highly qualified workforce that focuses on the needs of children and young people. I urge you to get involv

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