Workforce Development Fund – Open for 2021 applications
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health and Social Care, distributed by Skills for Care.
The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of your team completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules. This enables you to have a continuing commitment to staff learning and development by enhancing their learning and development budgets. You can claim training certificates from 1st January 2021 to 1st March 2022.
How to apply
This fund is available to all adult social care providers. You must become a WDF Partnership member and be registered and compliant on the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS). If you are not registered with ASC-WDS, you will need to complete this form and email this to Elaine Dyer via firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch this helpful video from Skills for Care on the steps for becoming a member.
How to claim
- Register and be compliant on the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set
- Check the funded qualifications and learning list for all training opportunities covered by the WDF.
- Complete the WDF claims form found under the download section.
- Send claim form to Elaine Dyer via email@example.com and include copies of all the learner’s certificates.
Digital learning modules for managers
Learning from events is free digital learning for adult social care managers from Skills for Care. For every staff member completing the module, you can claim £100.
Digital learning for managers is 11 digital modules from the Managers Induction Standard. This is for aspiring, new or experienced managers and leaders. You can buy the 11 modules for £75 per learner and claim back £550.
For each staff member that completes the above learning, you can make back £575! This is a good way to build a pot of money to pay for bespoke training.
Apprenticeship levy transfer arrangements. The apprenticeship levy gives employers like Devon County Council an opportunity to spend money on high-quality training. This helps to grow businesses and get the skilled workforce they need to succeed and excel. DCC can work in partnership with other employers and providers – we can help them to take on new apprentices and to support and develop existing employees.
We can transfer funds to employers and make it easier for them to access apprenticeships. This can include new apprentices or existing employees undertaking an apprenticeship. We are not able to transfer funds for apprenticeships that have already started. For more information, see the links below.
For any questions or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org our HR apprenticeship team.