Skills for Care (WDF) 2018/2019


HURRY – APPLY TODAY – FUNDS ARE LIMITED!


Padgham Care Services Ltd is delighted to be the grant holder for the Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund and we are pleased to announce that funding is now available for 2018-19.

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

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

What is its aim?

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.

What’s in it for my organisation?

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

* A maximum of 60 credits per learner per funding year can be claimed so qualifications which are larger than 60 credits will need to be claimed over more than one funding year. This equates to a maximum contribution of £900 per learner per funding year. Funding years run from 1 April to 31 March.

What can I claim for?

You can claim for units and qualifications completed between1st January 2018 and 31st March 2019.

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 apply?

To access the funding employers must meet certain criteria:

You must be an adult social care employer operating in England.

You must join a WDF partnership, or be part of a large national organisation that has a WDF grant with Skills for Care.

You must have a National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) account, which has been fully completed or updated in line with the requirements for funding between the advertised dates.

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.

To find out more, or to make an application contact Teresa Dobson e-mail: t.dobson@stcecilias.co.uk or call 01723 502 411.

For general information visit:

http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/Funding/Workforce-Development-Fund/Workforce-Development-Fund.aspx