About us

The National Skills Academy for Social Care is for everyone committed to excellent adult social care in England.

It is a membership organisation, created by social care employers to transform the quality of leadership, management, training, development, and commissioning.

We are an employer-led membership organisation.

For an at-a-glance guide to who we are and what we do download An Introduction to our Work

Key facts

  • 1000+ employers engaged with the Skills Academy during our first year
  • 33 sector experts sit on the Skills Academy's advisory boards
  • 23% of employers perceive a skills gap in their own employees
  • 78% of employers see Skills Academy endorsement of training as a key factor in choosing a training provider
  • 93% of employees view leadership and management skills as vital in improving care

Our aim

We want to transform the quality of leadership, management and commissioning in adult social care in England.

To achieve this, we are dedicated to supporting and promoting excellent learning and training.

How we do this

We focus on three areas crucial to the delivery of excellent social care.

  • Leadership: Transforming the quality of management.
  • Endorsement: Highlighting excellence in training and development.
  • Commissioning: Improving commissioning skills for better care.

The Common Core Principles for Equality & Diversity

At the National Skills Academy, we believe that Leadership Behaviours should be modelled by everyone within the sector. So we along with a number of organisations have committed to promoting diversity, equality and human rights principles in the social care sector.

We want our organisation to reflect the sector that we deliver to as we believe a diverse workforce has a greater understanding of the diverse needs of the community it serves.

We have signed up to the Common Core Principles for Equality & Diversity, click here to find out more.

Our approach

Laura SlackWe identify the strategic learning and training needs of adult social care employers and provide practical solutions.

We work with employers to define the values that underpin excellent social care, and make these the foundation of the learning and training programmes we develop.

We use the same values to endorse training programmes across the sector.

We work with high-quality partners to develop the best learning materials and training programmes.

We develop modular formats that fit in with employees’ and employers’ day-to-day operational needs.

We test new training programmes with employers, employees and service users. We use their feedback to ensure quality, relevance, practicality and impact.

Annual reports and financial statements

To download recent annual reviews, annual reports and financial statements, click on the relevant link below:

Annual Report and Accounts to 31 March 2012 (pdf)

Annual Report and Accounts to 31 March 2011 (pdf)

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