The HR Learning and Development Service has a wide range of training courses available for people who work in social care organisations from the independent, private and voluntary sector.  

You can also access our training if you are an Individual Employer (IE) employing a Personal Assistant (PA) to help you meet your care and support needs.

Learning and Development Brochure 2019-20

The brochure outlines our learning and development offer for employees and managers working in the social care independent, private and voluntary sector (IPV).

Our Learning and Development Service provides the skills, knowledge and development needed to shape a skilled, flexible and vibrant workforce. We offer a wide range of development services including consultancy support, a diverse range of skills and knowledge courses and qualifications.

How to access training courses

Our online booking system, the Sheffield Development Hub, was introduced in March 2016.

The benefits include:

  • a personalised learning account for users
  • online booking for all taught courses
  • access to e-learning programmes
  • personalised learning plans
  • access from work or home devices including smart phones and tablets
  • your training co-ordinator will be able to view the development that staff have completed

If your organisation hasn't accessed learning and development through us before then you'll need to request an application form from us so that we can assess if you're eligible for our training courses. The requests need to come from the manager of an organisation.

Organisations that have previously accessed our training but don't have user accounts, or Individual Employers (IE) employing a Personal Assistant (PA), should contact us for a user account request form.

Skills, knowledge and understanding workbooks

Workbooks are an alternative to taught courses and another way to demonstrate skills and knowledge. They provide evidence that your staff are appropriately skilled, with written records of achievement.

Available workbooks:

  • Eating and swallowing
  • Effective communication
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Food safety refresher
  • Health, safety and fire refresher
  • Infection control
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Restraint awareness
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Worker safety

Contact us to discuss your options.


Our HR Learning and Development Service are in a position to support you to access Skills for Care funding, towards health and social care diplomas, and a number of certificates and awards. Access to funding is linked to registration with Skills for Care.

Workforce Development Fund

Organisations accessing the workforce development fund will be expected to use this funding to support employees to undertake qualifications and associated learning.

If any of your employees are completing their diplomas, selected awards or certificates in Health and Social Care at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5, you can access this funding. Learning and Development Officer Joanne Nicholson is available to discuss this with you in more detail.

You can claim funding for all of the units completed between 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2020, regardless of which provider you use, or which awarding organisation the provider uses. 

The unit(s) certification date must be within this period to be eligible for the funding. Units can only be submitted for the Workforce Development Fund once the full qualification has been completed.

For more information please visit the Skills for Care website.

Moorfoot Learning Centre

Moorfoot Learning Centre is the main training venue for the Learning and Development Service and is used to accommodate our core training programme.

It has 6 training rooms that have been designed to provide training using presentations and Smart Board interactive learning.

All training rooms have comfortable seating with some specialist chairs available for anyone who suffers from chronic back pain. We also have two mobile high quality loop systems. Moorfoot and the Learning Centre have access for wheelchair users. There are a limited number of disabled parking bays at Moorfoot. If you need to book a space please contact us.

Contact us as soon as possible if you have any particular requirements so that arrangements can be made before the course commences.

Contact HR Learning & Development Service

Moorfoot Learning Centre
Level 1, West Wing
Moorfoot Building

S1 4PL