"Workforce development is the mechanism to equip volunteers (including trustees) and paid staff with skills and knowledge so that they can effectively deliver and improve services to children, young people and families. Workforce development can include: training; qualifications; induction; work shadowing; supervision; appraisals; reading and mentoring"
To ensure that children and young people achieve more, it is vital to have a children's workforce that is skilled, well led and supported by effective, shared systems and processes.
People in different parts of the workforce need to be able to work well together across institutional and professional boundaries, focused around the needs of the child and young person. Children and young people have a vital role to play in the development of their workforce.
Case Studies and Toolkits
Many workers, projects and organisations want to involve children and young people in workforce development, but are not quite sure where to start or exactly what it may entail. Others have been doing it for some time and want to share and develop new ideas and methods.
Training and Development
Practically, workforce development often means training, however it can also include other ways of gaining knowledge, such as mentoring schemes and secondments.
Engaging children and young people in the training of the people who work with them develops skills for everyone.