What is the Workforce Development Fund?
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) comes from the Department of Health and Social Care and is disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports adult social care providers to claim back money towards the costs of staff completing a range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. Essex Care Association is the grant holder has been awarded a WDF Grant for 2020.21 and distributes funding across Essex, Southend and Thurrock on behalf of Skills for Care.
What can I Claim?
Training must be completed between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021. The fund can be claimed for money towards the costs of course fees and associated costs such as:
- Staff salaries whilst undertaking training on the Skills for Care list of Funded Qualifications and/or wage replacement costs
- Contribution to the 20% off the job learning for health and social care apprenticeships
- Coaching and mentoring costs and/or venue costs for training
All costs must be incurred before WDF is claimed and employers must ensure they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claim they make
What training can I claim for?
Please see the Skills for Care list of Funded Qualifications and Learning Programmes -
In 2020-21 the WDF will respond to key sector priorities including:
- Funding to support new managers, existing managers, deputies and aspiring managers
Investing in managers represents an investment in their services, their staff and the quality of care they provide. Enhanced funding is available for completion of leadership and management qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.
See guidance and support on developing new managers and deputies.
- Enhanced funding per learner for completion of the listed apprenticeship standards
Employers can claim funding in two stages for learners on the Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Lead Practitioner in Adult Care and Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship standards - upon completion of the diploma and after the end-point assessment has been passed.
For further information on the claims process please refer to:
Contact Essex Care Association for further information:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.essexcare.org.uk