Portsmouth City Council provide training for PAs and individual employers. Funding is available to individual employers through Skills for Care.
Paying for Training
If you are an Individual Employer and you receive a direct payment from Adult Social Care then you can receive funding for training courses relevant to your PAs role.
If you are a self-employed PA then you are responsible for paying for any training you are required to or wish to attend.
Portsmouth City Council Training Courses
The Portsmouth City Council training directory lists all of the planned courses and the costs. If the training you are looking for is not included then please get in touch with the training coordinator Julie Gauntlett. If you find a course you wish to attend, please download the booking form and follow the instructions for booking.
Skills for Care Individual Employer Funding
Individual Employers can apply for funding to cover the cost of care related training and development for themselves and their PAs, and the associated costs (e.g. travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training).
Whilst Skills For Care do not directly arrange the training, they can help fund courses and qualifications that demonstrate value for money and meet the learning needs of the individual employer and/or their personal assistants. They can fund short courses such as dementia awareness, first aid or accredited qualifications such as Apprenticeships or Diplomas in Health and Social Care.
For further information and details on how to apply please visit Skills For Care Individual Employer Funding
To be a PA you don’t have to have a qualification. What is important is having the right values and a desire to support and work with people as the individual will rely on your assistance.
Skills for Care have developed a guide to being a PA which we would encourage all PAs to read.