25th May 2018

Image: Skills Platform.The Skills Platform is a service from Skills for Health (now part of the Workforce Development Trust), providing a one stop shop for quality training in the health and adult care sectors. Since launching in 2015 with help from UKCES funding, the platform has grown in both scale and functionality available to its partners.

Traffic levels have risen from 2,000 users a month to over 25,000, largely driven by a digital first marketing strategy that has secured over 500 valuable keywords on the first page of Google search results.

Training marketplace

Users can search the Skills Platform for a variety of training courses including eLearning, face to face and blended solutions. The platform has taken a quality first approach, limiting the number of providers allowed on the platform to ensure quality control. As part of this strategy, the Skills Platform has been able to list training from higher education establishments such as the University of the West of England (UWE).

David Evans, Skills Platform product manager commented “One overriding piece of feedback we had from our users was the need for quality control – They needed to feel confident that the training providers on the platform would help them meet their mandatory and CPD requirements. For this reason, we manually approve every partner, reviewing their training for quality control. We actually reject more listing applications than we approve”.

Skills for Health Quality Mark providers such as Primary Care Training Centre receive a complimentary listing as part of their overall package, while other providers are offered flexible affordable listings in line with their size. View the full list of training providers here.

Popular courses include:

Training hubs

Recently, the Skills Platform has developed training hubs for organisations looking to share quality training opportunities across their network. This is helping to improve access to high quality training and help drive the integration of health and adult care’s access to learning and development programmes.

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre

The west Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre (WYEC) is hosted by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust with the aim of sharing best practice to improve quality of training. The Excellence Centre has a Skills Platform hub page to help members find recommended training providers within the network.

In addition, the excellence centre itself secured funding from its local STP to make its face to face internal training available to fellow members of the network at no charge. Organisations outside of the network can still access the training for a small fee. Find out about the range of course that the Excellence Centre has to offer here. Here are some example courses available from WYEC:

The Skills Platform has helped the WYEC to successfully deliver on its objectives of attracting over 300 partner organisations and is well on its way to delivering over 1,000 training sessions. Find out more about Excellence Centres here.

The Care & Support West Training Hub

Care and Support West, a leading body representing social care and health providers in the South West approached Skills Platform to create an integrated online training hub for local providers. The aim was to address the inconsistencies in training quality across the region.

For this, the team also developed a ‘white label’ version of the Skills Platform that matches Care & Support Wests brand and user experience. The Care & Support West training hub highlights local providers who have each been recommended by members of the group. Users can find open dates, bespoke courses as well as last minute availability. Training providers in the network include North Somerset Council, UWE and Q Training.

As an additional feature available to members, care providers such as Able Care can ‘broadcast’ last minute availability of spaces on their internal training to their fellow network members. Network members can share training availability to reduce their training costs or simply to share best practice training.

Health and social care providers in the West of England can access the Care & Support Training hub via this link.

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