Funding for Health & Social Care qualifications

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health distributed by Skills for Care.

It is a finite pot of money which focuses on the achievement of qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector within England.

What can the Workforce Development Fund be used for?

Employers can use the WDF to make a significant contribution towards the costs of workers’ completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), as well as university qualifications included in the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.

It can also be used to help fund the delivery of intermediate, advanced and higher level Apprenticeships in social care.

How is it distributed?

The fund is distributed by Skills for Care via a network of employer led partnerships and large national organisations (grant holders).

The lead partner of an employer led partnership is responsible for disbursing WDF to its members, and for supporting those members to comply with Skills for Care’s eligibility criteria and evidence requirements.

Who distributes WDF across my local area?

Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole – Partners in Care – 01202 205847 – http://www.picbdp.co.uk/?page_id=553

Wiltshire & Swindon – Care Skills Partnership – 01249 804372 – www.ws-careskills.org.uk

For more information on funding in other areas please contact Christiana Evans – Christiana.Evans@skillsforcare.org.uk