Workforce Development Fund: Supporting Employers in upskilling their workforce

£3m worth of funding has been pledged via the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) to support care employers in upskilling their staff. The funding is targeted towards new managers, existing managers, deputies and aspiring managers and aims to help the sector enhance the quality of care it provides

Employers can claim funding in two stages for learners on the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standards. Upon completion of the diploma and after the end-point assessment has been passed.

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding opportunity for adult social care employers in England. It’s a finite pot of money which allows you to reclaim some of the costs incurred through the achievement of advertised qualifications and non-accredited learning programmes by your workforce on completion of the learning. The fund supports the continuing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector.

WDF is supported by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) who enable the funding to be disbursed to adult social care employers by Skills for Care and our partners across England.

 

What will WDF fund?

The WDF will fund a range of qualifications on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and some non-accredited learning programmes. The only Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) qualification which can be funded is the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (adult pathways only). The learning funded is widely recognised and valued by adult social care employers.

The qualifications and learning programmes on the list of funded qualifications and learning programmes relate to adult social care learning in England that Skills for Care endorses, promotes and, in many cases, has been involved in developing. The funding can only be used for the qualifications and learning programmes that are on the list, so please check the list prior to commissioning any learning if you intend to claim funding.

Claims can be made for qualifications and learning programmes that have been certificated between 1st January 2019 and 31st March 2020. Where the learning has been completed outside of this timeframe, the funding cannot be used. A full list of funded qualifications and learning programmes is available on our website.

 

What do I need to do in order to be eligible to claim WDF?

Adult social care employers operating in the advertised local authority areas for direct access will claim funding directly from Skills for Care. To do this it will be necessary to; complete a direct access declaration form and submit it to us by 28th February 2020, sign a grant letter, meet the ASC Workforce Data Set requirements for WDF and then complete and submit claims.

Guidance on how to complete a claim will be issued to you and made available on the Skills for Care website.

If you choose the direct access option for claiming WDF then you must contact and liaise with us directly. You are responsible for submitting your claims and evidence to us. Learning providers cannot do this on your behalf.

 

What if I can’t claim directly?

 

Identifying a partnership to join

Click on the links below to find a partnership in your area. If your organisation has services operating in several different areas, you might want to join a national partnership:

Within each partnership there is a ‘grant holder’ who is responsible for:

  • the disbursal of the funding within the partnership
  • supporting their members to access the fund.

During 2019-20 there is an opportunity to claim WDF upfront for leadership learning programmes – contact your partnership for more details.

Can I claim funding for apprenticeships?

Yes, you can claim money from the WDF for learners completing the Adult Care Worker or Leader Adult Care Worker 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 apprenticeship 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, the learner is required to complete 20% off-the-job learning to fulfil the criteria of the apprenticeship, WDF can be used to cover wage replacement costs (if required).

I’m a non-levy payer, what can I claim for?
As a non-levy payer, the Government will contribute 95% of the training and assessment costs, up to the Government apprenticeship cap, and you can’t claim WDF for this. The remaining 5% 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, the learner is required to complete 20% off-the-job learning to fulfil the criteria of the apprenticeship, WDF can be used to cover wage replacement costs (if required).

 

Qualifications are funded at varying rates please check the Skills for Care website for further details. Currently, 27 CACHE qualifications are funded via WDF:

Qualification Title and QRN

Funding available

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate Assisting and Moving Individuals for a Social Care Setting 600/1884/7

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism 601/6330/6

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism 603/1935/5

£420

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia 600/3095/1

£120

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia 600/3085/9

£180

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes 600/9311/0

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes 603/1609/3

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Awareness of End of Life Care 600/4893/1

£60

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Health and Social Care and Early Years and Childcare Settings 600/2540/2

£60

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety and Nutrition in Health and Social Care or Early Years and Childcare Settings 600/2541/4

£120

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Care 603/2611/6

£600

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care 603/2618/9

£800

NCFE CACHE Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care 603/2614/1

£1,050

NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care 603/2422/3

 

NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young  People's Services (England) (Adult Pathway Only) 601/4312/5

£1,500

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities 600/4041/5

£180

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities 600/4037/3

£180

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines 501/0037/3

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care 601/3404/5

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 601/3621/2

£60

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems 601/3438/0

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness 600/6134/0

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in Mental Health 600/6133/9

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working with People with Mental Health Needs 601/3434/3

£300

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health 601/8968/X

£420

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Stroke Awareness 600/4762/8

£60

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Stroke Care Management 600/4763/X

£420

 

For further information on the WDF please see the Skills for Care website.