We know there is a strong business case for investing in qualifications and the development of staff. The Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is available to support you to make that investment, which benefits your organisation, workforce and those who need care and support.The fund enables you to reclaim a contribution towards your learning and development costs.You can download a leaflet which tells you what the Workforce Development Fund is, who it is for and how to apply for it.
The WDF is a funding stream from the Department of Health which is disbursed by Skills for Care. It’s a limited pot of money which funds qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England. The WDF can make a significant contribution towards the costs of workers completing health and social care qualifications, units and Apprenticeships.Employers must directly incur costs for learning and development and can then access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.If you would like to see a summary of how the Workforce Development Fund was used in 2015-16, an infographic is available to download. It may help you to identify the types of learning that you could claim funding for. There is also a 2014-15 infographic which gives a summary of how the Workforce Development Fund was used in 2014-15. (Note:The fund is for adult social care employers in England. There is a separate fund for individual employers who employ their own personal assistants.)
How can you access funds?
Please note that all new applicants must complete a declaration form which must be submitted to Skills for Care by 28 February. If you are new applicant applying via a partnership, you must make sure that your declaration form has been sent to your relevant partnership in time for them to submit the form to Skills for Care by 28 February.
There are different ways you could access funds depending on your location.
- If you’re based in Northumberland, Durham, Tees Valley, North Central London, North West London, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Coventry, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, or specified local authority areas within Greater Manchester you can either access funding directly from Skills for Care or through a national partnership if you prefer. Here are their contact details.
What you reclaim?
In 2016-2017, WDF will pay a contribution of £15 per credit, with a maximum of 60 credits per learner per funding year. How much you can claim back will depend on the qualification, the units selected and how many credits make up those units. For someone studying the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) (46 credits), you could claim up to £690 per funding year towards the total costs.
Register your interest in using the fund with us and we will make arrangements to ensure that you are supported throughout the claim process.
This ia a list of the accepted units list of acceptable units.
As this is an employer fund, you must join a WDF partnership, be part of a large national organisation that has their own WDF grant agreement, or have followed the process to access funding directly from Skills for Care. We cannot do this on your behalf.
However, once a candidate has completed an eligible unit, we sign off a fully completed qualification unit summary sheet to enable you to claim the funding. We can either use this template unit summary sheet or our equivalent. You will not receive any funds without this.