Workforce Development Fund

You could claim money towards developing your employees

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.

Due to the introduction of the Regulated Qualifications Framework in 2017 and the new apprenticeships standards introduced to comply with Government reforms, a number of changes have been made to the way the WDF is disbursed.

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

The WDF is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care which is disbursed by Skills for Care. It’s a limited pot of money which funds qualifications and learning programmes to support the continuing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.

Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications and learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

Can I apply?

If you’re an adult social care employer operating in England you can apply for the funding.

What can I claim for?

You can claim for qualifications and learning programmes completed between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2019. You can claim WDF towards the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and associated costs, such as employees’ salaries whilst they are undertaking training, coaching and mentoring costs, venue costs for the training and wage replacement costs.

Can I claim funding for apprenticeships?

Yes, you can claim WDF because the learner is required to complete a diploma as part of the apprenticeship standard. What you can claim for is different depending on whether you are a levy paying or non-levy paying employer.

I'm a levy payer, what can I claim for?

As a levy paying employer, you’ll use your levy pot to pay for the training and end-point assessment costs of the apprenticeship (up to the Government cap) - you can't claim WDF for this.

You can claim WDF towards any other associated costs of the apprenticeship, up to our advertised funding value, for example wage replacement costs that may be required, when the learner is released, to fulfil the 20% off-the-job learning time requirement.

I’m a non-levy payer, what can I claim for?

As a non-levy payer, the Government will contribute 90% of the training and assessment costs, up to the cap and you can’t claim WDF for this. The remaining 10% and any additional cost will be met by you, the employer – you can claim WDF towards this cost.

You can also claim WDF towards any other associated costs of the apprenticeship, up to our advertised funding value, for example wage replacement costs that may be required, when the learner is released, to fulfil the 20% off-the-job learning time requirement.

How can I apply?

There are different ways to access the fund depending on your location.

What's in it for me?

The WDF contribution depends on the size of the qualification or learning programme. All qualifications and learning programmes are funded up to the value advertised on completion. A maximum of £1,200 can be claimed per learner per funding year. Funding years run from 1 April to 31 March.

Here are some examples of what could be claimed:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Care: £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care: £870
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care: £1,050
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, adult pathways: £1,200
  • Level 5 Certificate of Fundamental Knowledge in Commissioning for Wellbeing: £300
  • ‘Lead to Succeed’ learning programme: £350

Click here to visit the Workforce Development Fund information page at Skills for Care


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