Workforce Development Fund

A list of acceptable units that are eligible to be claimed within the Workforce Development Fund 2013 - 2014


Could you be eligible for funding from the Workforce Development Fund ?

Funding is distributed by Skills for Care via a network of employer led partnerships.

Contacting and joining a partnership?

You will need to choose a link to national partnerships, direct access partnerships or partnerships in your area. You will be able to review the partnerships and contact the one you would like to join, via the details displayed on the Skills for Care webpage.

Eligibility criteria :

  • You must be a Social Care employer
  • You must comply with the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) or be prepared to complete this prior to claiming funding.
  • You must have employees who are completing eligible QCF units against which funding can be claimed.

The Process:

  • Submit your application
  • Approval by the lead partner
  • Completion of an eligible QCF unit
  • Complete the Skills for care unit summary sheet
  • Lead partner then submits funding claims to Skills for Care
  • Claim checked and approved
  • Payment made to the lead partner
  • Payment to you - some lead partners charge an administration fee. This fee will vary from partnership to partnership

What's in it for my organisation?

WDF is a contribution towards the cost of completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), meaning you can claim back a proportion of the costs of your worker's training. Funding is calculated on the credit size of QCF units - £15 per credit. A list of acceptable units for funding is available on the Skills for Care website -

How much you can claim back will depend on the qualification, the units selected and how many credits make up those units. Below are some examples of what can be claimed:

  • QCF units which relate to the Common Induction Standards (24 credits) - up to £360
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care(minimum of 46 credits) - Up to £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care(minimum of 58 credits) - Up to £870
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadershipfor Health & Social Care & Children & Young People's Services (minimum 80 credits) - Up to £1200
What can i claim for?

Employers can make claims for WDF to support the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and for associated costs, such as employees' salaries while they are undertaking training, coaching and mentoring costs, venue costs for the training and if required backfill (wage replacement costs)

How do I start?

To access the Workforce Development Fund the lead partner should be contacted:

Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

For general enquiries about the Workforce Development Fund, and information about the ways Skills for Care can support you

Contact or 0113 2411275

For NMDS-SC queries contact the NMDS-SC helpdesk on 0845 8730129

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National Care Association
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