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Workforce Development


EASPD actively promotes high standards of skill and competences amongst EASPD members and within the social care workforce of Europe, as a means of delivering good quality services. To do so, services must be person-centred and in line with core values such as rights, social inclusion and independence. Services must reject the medical model of disability and actively embrace the social model of disability.

A key pre-condition to the development of care and support services based on such principles, is the creation of a competent, well trained workforce. One that is valued by the wider society, which provides career progression possibilities, and is based on a reasonable living wage.

Finally, the disability services sector has tremendous potential in terms of job creation and will be a driving force for employment. Nevertheless, the attractiveness of the sector, and the consequent staff shortages, remain major concerns and constitute one of the key points of focus of EASPD.

Workforce Development

What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Collaborate with staff and employer organisations to collect data and recommendations on workforce development.
  • Explore and promote innovative training methods and topics to ensure that staff have access to the skills required to provide quality services.
  • Encourage the professionalisation of the sector and provide career development opportunities for all staff.
  • Support the continued growth of the sector in terms of employment, including by exploring innovative ways to improve the attractiveness of disability support services to workers.


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