Learning and Development
Learning and development is essential to personal, professional and organisational developments.
This ensure the maintenance of the highest standards of quality in service provision. It is also central to the Welsh Government’s forthcoming Social Services and Wellbeing Bill, which focusses on the importance of a skilled and appropriately qualified workforce.
The Isle of Anglesey County Council and its partners in the Social Care Workforce Development Partnership, are committed to ensuring the provision of a high standard of social care to Anglesey residents, placing the continuous development of the social care workforce as its top priority.
What is learning and development?
Learning and development is activity which builds and develops knowledge, skills, confidence and experience. It is often associated with training, and the Partnership offers access to a range of courses to employees and volunteers involved in the provision of social care.
However, learning and development is much wider than just a training course. There is a very wide range of resources and information now available locally from schools, FH and HE, local providers both public, voluntary and independent and online With the right attitude for taking personal responsibility for self-development, the good news is that anyone can access learning and development.
Examples of learning and development approaches and materials include:
- Reading - books, journals, news articles, research
- Networking - in person or via on-line discussion forums
- Training courses, workshops and seminars - classroom-style or e-learning
- Formal qualifications and courses of study
- On the job experiences
- Coaching and mentoring support
- Secondments or shadowing opportunities
- Support groups or action-learning sets
- Personal reflection and obtaining feedback from others
If you are an employee, your manager is best placed to assist you in identifying your development needs during your annual appraisal and seeking opportunities for you. Remember also, that in the field of social care, some training is mandatory and in some instances registration with regulatory bodies is required. If you need further advice please contact the Unit.