Individuals who employ their own care and support have been given access to a fund to support them with training costs.
Skills for Care has opened applications to the fund, which could help them develop their skills as an employer or the skills of their personal assistants (PAs).
The funding will enable successful applicants to pay for courses that focus on moving and assisting, first aid, health and safety, communication skills, being a good boss and health and social care diplomas.
Employers can also apply for support to cover the costs of travel and hiring a replacement PA.
According to a Skills for Care report published in 2019, around 237,000 adults and carers received direct payments from their local authority in 2017/18. Of these, Skills for Care estimates that 75,000 31% were directly employing their own staff.
It is acknowledged, however, that some people also employ PAs via other funding streams or by using their own funds.
In the survey of individual employers receiving direct payments, Skills for Care found a 50-50 divide between those who find it easy to find and arrange training for their PAs and those who find it difficult.
Of those that did arrange training for their PAs, the majority (39%) used their local authority. 23% used a PA agency and 13% used peer networks.