Learning and Development Service (LDS)

About Us

We are a professionally qualified learning and development team with a wide range of skills and talents which we use to ensure we provide the best service possible to our customers.

We provide a range of learning and development solutions in Social Care and Health, for everyone working with & caring for adults, children young people & their families.

We are based in Warwick, working with partners, including Health, the Police, District and Borough Councils and private, voluntary and independent sector social care service providers across Warwickshire, the West Midlands and nationally.

Our aim is to provide learning and development for the social care workforce that is timely, value for money, easily accessible and meets a variety of different learning styles, to ensure a skilled workforce aligned to the Council’s commissioning intentions.

We are responsible for ensuring that the health and social care workforce has the right people, with the right skills, in the right place and at the right time, in order to meet the needs of the business and the community to which it provides a service. Through the production of the Learning and Development Plan and associated development strategies, LDS ensure the workforce has the skills and resources to respond flexibly and creatively to new cultures and working environments.

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Business Plan

Our latest Service Plan is currently being revised. It will be available on this page shortly.

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Health and Social Care Learning and Development Menu

We offer a variety of learning methods to meet differing learning styles. All our current learning programmes can be viewed on WILMa your Warwickshire Interactive Learning Management System.

We provide a comprehensive range of taught short course learning and development programmes, qualifications, workbook learning packages, e-learning programmes, and online assessment tools. We work with our customers to develop bespoke learning solutions.

We evaluate all our learning and development programmes to ensure they meet their intended outcomes and seek to continually improve the learning experiences offered.

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Charging Policy

Warwickshire County Council employees – The Charging & Wastage Policy outlines the responsibilities for staff and managers with regard to the cancellation of training, non attendance at booked events, communication expectations and the penalties relating to these instances.

Non-Warwickshire County Council employees – The Charging Policy outlines responsibilities and having worked closely with Market Facilitation for many years, the Learning & Organisational Development Service (Social Care) will continue, business as usual and programmes will continue to be advertised on WILMa.

All charges are for each place confirmed on or after Monday, 24th October 2011 and will be reviewed January 2013. You can download the full charging document from the ‘Downloads and Documents’ section

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How to Apply

Your development is important to Warwickshire County Council. We want to give you effective and innovative ways to learn and develop. WILMa your Warwickshire Interactive Learning Management System can be accessed via any computer with a link to the internet.

With WILMa you can…

  • Access your learning anytime, anywhere!
  • Search for and book training events
  • Complete eLearning modules
  • Track your development
  • Link to more learning resources

Some learning guidelines…

  • Discuss your training needs with your Line Manager so you know what to focus on
  • Check that your Line Manager is in agreement for you to complete a module in work time
  • Plan and schedule your diary for eLearning
  • Put your phone on divert, avoid noisy places (where possible)
  • You may need a headset when undertaking eLearning & if working in a busy office
  • Let others know you‘re busy learning

Career Related Schemes


One of the best ways to start your career in social care is by undertaking an apprenticeship. These vary from working with people in their own homes to working with groups of people in a day service or a residential service.

Gap years and work placements

We work closely with our local universities to provide student social work placements. We are afraid we cannot offer short term work experience for potential social work students. If anyone is interested in gaining more experience in social care then we would suggest they enquire locally within their own community about undertaking some relevant voluntary work.


Volunteering brings many rewards and satisfactions – like learning new life skills, an increased social life, improving your local community and much more. Find out what volunteering opportunities are available and how you can make a difference, contact us to find out more.

Work experience

In Warwickshire we recognise that you’re never too young to begin thinking about your career, which is why we offer a range of work experience placements.

Contact Us

We are keen to hear from you, about your learning needs, about your experiences of our service and our programmes. We can advise you on all aspects of Social Care and Health learning and development, so please get in touch.

Learning and Development Service (LDS) was last updated on October 9, 2014.