What are the key benefits of NALW’s Education Standards?

Briefing: NALW Education Standards event 21st June 2022

Key points

  • The Education standards are a benchmark tool that sets out the indicative curriculum, the expected minimum level of knowledge and skills, and the equivalent qualification in terms of levelness. It speaks to a range of audiences, including employers, managers, practitioners, workforce planners, commissioners, and those who wish to change their career or role and become link workers.
  • Professional Benchmark: The Code of practice highlights the ethics and principles guiding the profession. In addition, the Education standards specify the minimum level of knowledge and skills required. These two pieces of guidance are essential for the sustainability of the vulnerable profession of link workers which has grown very quickly with little or no guidance.
  • The learning outcomes are benchmarked in terms of the skills and knowledge base of someone who completes a program that the National Association in some way approves because it meets the education standards set out.
  • A vital benchmark tool for those with existing qualifications and/or experience to map against and support their career progression.
  • It specifies two complementary entry routes: formal qualifications or the portfolio demonstrating experiential learning. Of course, no route is better than the other, but we need to have confidence in both; hence the standards are a vital benchmark tool.
  • The primary goal of the Education Standards is workforce development and professional competence, so individuals and communities can achieve better health outcomes.

What are people saying about the Education Standards?

I think the standard is fantastic because it can be used to back up conversations; we can take information from when we are looking at recruiting for new roles or if we’re having a conversation with a link worker.

I think it’s really exciting, and the work that’s going on with the association it’s likely to be massive in years to come, which is nice. Seeing how the role started and the discussions happening to help people progress and grow in their roles, it’s fantastic.

It helps validate people’s experience and knowledge and supports their career progress. It covers areas useful for management, starters, and career change to experienced.

It is the starting point for us, we have grown too quickly so we need to start from the beginning; I will discuss this with our CEO about adopting this.

I think the education standard has just given an excellent framework for us to work towards developing accredited learning.

There is scope to grow the standards and look at the future workforce in terms of what COVID has shown is the need for Community resilience. So, I think they represent an excellent standard. I think there’s scope to work with and collaborate with Educational institutions and Universities.

It’s a great benchmark and a great starting point. I think it’s brilliant for link workers.

I think it’s excellent to have a framework to look at what we’ve got access to currently in our local area.

If you are an education provider providing or interested in providing training for link workers, please map your curriculum against our education standards and return to us. Download curriculum map

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