Workforce Development Manager of Liverpool Social Care Partnership
Chair of Greater Merseyside Care Partnership
Mikaela has worked for several years in Workforce Development within the Social Care sector. She was appointed in 2004 to support over 320 private/voluntary/independent sector employers in Liverpool, who provide services to vulnerable adults, children and young people. Supporting them to develop the skills of their workforce, in addition to developing innovative techniques to address recruitment and retention issues within the sector.
Mikaela provides workforce support ensuring that National Minimum Standards are maintained in line with Government frameworks and manages both the strategic and operational development of Liverpool Social Care Partnership (LSCP), working collaboratively with stakeholders and partners to maximise access to and use of resources through the development of joint training initiatives, shared funding arrangements and other new developments.
During her time as Workforce Development Manager and in her role as Chair of Greater Merseyside Care Partnership, Mikaela has worked collaboratively with Skills for Care on workforce issues within the sub-region and on projects such as ‘Good Practice in the Employment of Migrant Workers’, ‘Care Ambassadors’, Pre-employment training programmes and Skills for Life for the sector.
Previous to her time within the field of Workforce Development, Mikaela has worked within the spheres of fundraising, marketing and PR.
IT / Administrator
Ted started working for LSCP in 2014, with a background in IT, he helps to maintain all aspects of the technical side of the Partnership, from databases to IT training. He also helps with the day to day running of the Partnership and any extra administration duties.
His goals for the next couple of years are to gain more skills in Business Management and Database Design to enable himself to develop the IT backbone of the company.
His ambition is to become a recognisable name within the social care sector; "I believe that Health & Social Care as a whole is technologically behind, a lot of people working in the sector are not only computer illiterate but afraid of the technology itself. I want to educate people in the sector about the advantages of Information Technology, dismantling any fears and demonstrate the positive effects of using IT."
José de la Cruz
José started his career in Social Care as a support worker
back in 2000. He then became a Team Leader and later on a Service Coordinator. His
experience has been mainly in Learning Disabilities, having worked with a
number of service users of different ages, with different levels of support and
in various settings. He also has worked with people with brain injury and with
mental health problems.
He is very passionate about working in the Health and Social
Care sector, which made him come into contact with the Care Ambassadors and,
since 2008, he has work with them raising the profile of the Social Care
worker. Some the events that he attended range from schools (at careers events)
to delivering some training to advisers from the Jobcentre Plus around ‘busting the
myths’ of working in the Care sector.
“The best part of my job has been when I had to teach people
new ways of doing things taking into account their abilities and overcoming
their limitations. I enjoyed the problem solving side of it and got satisfaction
from seeing people develop their skills, abilities and confidence”
He had previously been involved with the Partnership delivering some training, especially in the Pre-Employment programme, delivering some sector-specific occupational training, which culminated in him being employed by LSCP as
one of the training coordinators.