Skills For Care (Workforce Development Fund)
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.
Key Sector Priorities 2019-20
In 2019-20 the WDF will respond to key sector priorities including:
- £3 million of targeted 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 and learning programmes.
- New CPD programmes are in development and will be available in October 2019.
What Can Be Funded?
You can claim funding towards the cost of qualifications and learning programmes completed between 1st of January 2019 and the 31st of March 2020.
This includes money 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.
- Wage replacement costs.
All costs must be incurred before WDF is claimed and employers must ensure that they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claim they make.