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Money for training for individual employers and PAs now open

The individual employer fund is now open.

If you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) using a direct payment or your own money, you can apply for money for training for you and your staff.

What can the money be used for?

It can be used for lots of different training courses and qualifications including:
• communication skills
• British sign language
• first aid
• health and safety
• condition specific training such as dementia or autism awareness
• Health and Social Care Diplomas.

It can also cover travel costs and the cost of hiring replacement PAs.

It can make a real difference. Jean supports her daughter to employ a team of PAs and applied for funding to train them. She said:

“The biggest thing for me was that their confidence grew, and this has made a big difference to how they support my daughter. The standard of care has gone up and this is something I constantly work on to achieve.”

It’s easy to apply. Find out more and download the application form and guidance from The Skills for Care website.  Applications close on 28 February 2018.

Look out for more information from Knowsley Disability Concern – we will be contacting our clients over the coming months with information on how to access this fund.  Watch the information video below.

If you feel confident enough to apply for this funding then please read the guidance documents first

Easy Read Guidance

Individual Employer funding guidance

Application forms

Application word version

Easy read application


A chance to shine: enter the Skills for Care Accolades

If you’re an individual employer who’s committed to the learning and development of your PAs, enter our Accolades for the chance to win this award and celebrate the great work you do.

If you know of any individual employers doing a great job with their PAs, then either nominate them for the Accolades 2018 or encourage them to enter themselves.