I'm afraid your response is the same as we got. When you do the initial training with the LA they "sell it" to you as an opportunity to train and progress with professional qualifications, in reality it does not happen.
We have done "Loads" of training in respect to attending different courses, completed workbooks etc but they form no specific structure and are not part of any "professional" qualification on there own. Many times we have requested to have the opportunity to undertake an NVQ 3 or equivalent but have been "fobbed" off, so now we don't bother.
Interestingly in our area if you register with an IFA you work towards an NVQ3 straight away as part of the process (guaranteed- we know !!)
Make of that what you will but it smacks of "we are not worthy" and in my opinion is another example of where the process has failed to deliver.
Hi Childatheart. Yes, it was also "sold" to us at the Skills to Foster (and I believe that when we did the CWDC the last section was on how we would progress our training and qualifications to progress our fostering career).
We have been offered a lot of short on-line AKAMAS courses, and also some interesting in-house day courses, but none hit the spot. I wanted something to really get my teeth into that gave me an acknowledged qualification outside of fostering (a self-esteem thing really). If LA fostering paid more I would pay for it myself.
Our fostering handbook says we need to identify our own training needs and discuss with our SSW. I have. Big fat no is the response and yet another on-line AKAMAS!! Frustrating or what?!