Category Archives: Workforce Planning and Development

What do I do now if I want a library apprentice?

The answer is: you may need to wait for developments in 2017 to start planning.

The original apprenticeship framework for Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Management Services (England) ceases in October 2017. In theory you can still use that framework, however the government funding model for apprenticeships changes in April 2017 to a levy system and the new levy funds will not be available to fund the existing framework. The library apprenticeship framework is appropriate for a variety of information and service related roles, including library assistants and archivists. It is aimed at level three and so includes some entry level management and co-ordination skills. The reality is that very few colleges or centres offer it. You will need to liaise with your learning and development department and local providers.

Apprenticeship frameworks are being replaced by apprenticeship standards, which are designed by employers. Detailed information about the new apprenticeship standards is available from or a summary can be found here

Starting in March 2017 CILIP, the association for library and information professionals, will facilitate the development of new apprenticeship standards by employers of library and knowledge management staff in many sectors. The Knowledge for Healthcare workforce planning and development workstream is involved, and will identify the library skills required for the NHS, and what needs to be included in the standards from our perspective.

All the above links (and more) are available on the Learning Zone under Apprenticeships and will be kept updated as developments progress.

Jenny Turner
ESHT Library Services Manager and Conquest Education Centre Manager
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Inductions: death by Powerpoint or jumpstart into a new working life?

Staff induction: we’ve all been there…endless slide presentations, hours of information you’ll never remember (much less use), weak coffee in a Styrofoam cup and half a biscuit, if you’re lucky!  Does it really have to be this way?

Of course not!

Whether you are looking for inspiration to bring life into your own inductions for library users or struggling to work out what to include in your own library staff inductions then do have a look at two brand new sections on the Learning Zone.

Under Generic Skills – Marketing and Promotion we have a new section called Tips for Library Inductions which has been produced by the West Midlands Trainers Group and works as a “pick and mix” of ideas for more engaging library inductions for users.  Case studies, tips and checklists to ensure your users will never drop off to sleep again!

And over in Career Pathway and Vocational Skills we have created a new topic area called Inductions for LKS Staff which covers some of the basics to consider when putting together an induction programme for your shiny new library staff member.

And if you have an induction resource you would like to share, then please let us know by submitting it to the Learning Zone using our online feedback form or via Twitter @KfHLearningZone

Sian Aynsley: Learning Zone Chair

Knowledge for Healthcare: ten New Year resolutions

1) SIgn up for updates from the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog.  Really!!? You haven’t done this yet?

2) Look at the Learning Zone.  Time to kick start your year with a new skill or polish up an old one. Check out the Learning Zone.

3) Look for your inner leader.  There are two leadership courses being offered as part of Knowledge for Healthcare.  One for Senior Colleagues, one for Aspiring Leaders.  Could this be you?

4) Get involved.  Warm the hearts of colleagues who have been working hard on TaF, groups, leading projects and developing content.  Give feedback.  Complete those questionnaires. Volunteer.

5) Promote the Knowledge for Healthcare project within your organisation.  Write something for your blog, newsletter or website. Tell them about the Health Education England Knowledge for Healthcare policy statement.

6) Professional Knowledge and Skills Base [PKSB] for Health.  Do you have what it takes to work in healthcare libraries.  Of course you do. Why not check where your strengths and weakness are and complete the PKSB for Health?

7) Don’t hide your light (or end up being the last library service to produce an impact case study). Submit one here:

8) Help reduce duplication. Do you produce a Current Awareness Service which you’d be willing for others to adapt? Have you produced a promotional flyer or ‘how to guide’ which you’d be happy for others to build on? Share, with confidence that your work will be acknowledged and sharing will be reciprocated, under a Creative Commons Licence.

9) Explain the vision. Create an opportunity in your team to discuss Knowledge for Healthcare. Ask a colleague to research and present and aspect of KfH.

10) Share a promotional idea.  Do you have a novel or effective marketing technique that has worked for you that you can share?