The Workforce Development Fund 2018-19

Large national organisations and lead organisations of employer led partnerships can now apply for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). The money allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. 

A number of changes have been made to the Workforce Development Fund for 2018-19 due to the move to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and apprenticeship standards. For more information about these changes please click here. Please read the ‘What can be funded’ section and the relevant application guidance carefully before starting your application.

Applications are now open and the deadline is 13.00 on Friday 23 February 2018. Tendering is being undertaken subject to confirmation of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Who can apply?

If you’re a large national organisation (an individual organisation that has more than 1000 care providing employees) operating in two or more of our areas within England, you can apply for a grant to support the continuing professional development of your own workforce. 

If you’re the lead organisation for a local or national employer led partnership within England, you can apply for a grant to disburse funding to members of your partnership and for new members who join during the funding year. The money is used to support the continuing professional development of staff across adult social care. 

What can be funded?

The fund allows you to claim back a contribution towards the costs of workers completing eligible qualifications and learning programmes. RQF focuses on the achievement of full qualifications, so in 2018/19 both QCF and RQF qualifications will be funded at qualification level only. 

For all qualifications the evidence required to support claims will be a copy of the learner’s certificate, although for QCF qualifications this will need to include the full unit breakdown. 2018/19 will be the final year for claiming QCF qualifications.  

The 60 credit limit will no longer be in place but will be replaced by a financial limit of £1,200 per learner per funding year.

The funding bands of qualifications for 2018/19 are set out below:

CPD qualifications

 QCF creditsRQF total qualification time in hours Type of qualification Funding value 

 1-4

 1-40

 Small award

 £60

 5-8

 41-80

 Medium award

 £120

 9-12

 81-120

 Large award

 £180

 13-20

 121-200

 Small certificate

 £300

 21-28

 201-280

 Medium certificate

 £420

 29-36

 281-360

 Large certificate

 £540

 

Diplomas and apprenticeships

Level Funding value 

 2

 £690

 3

 £870

 4

 £1050

 5

 £1200

  

A large national organisation is defined as an individual organisation that has more than 1,000 care providing employees and provides adult social care services to a substantial number of people, operating in two or more of Skills for Care defined areas. These areas are Eastern, London and the South East, Midlands, North West, South West and Yorkshire & Humber and the North East. 

Organisations accessing funding must meet the NMDS-SC requirements for WDF so please read this first to check that you are eligible to apply. 

The eligibility has no impact on the competitive tender as organisations meet the NMDS-SC requirements during the course of the year. 

We will award a grant directly to successful applicants to support the learning and development of their own workforce. 

How does the process work? 
If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with Skills for Care. Grants will be awarded during April/May 2018.

You must submit claims by set milestones during the year in order to draw down funding. 

The claims process flowchart provides further information.

How to apply
You should read the application form guidance and additional information on this page carefully to ensure you meet the necessary criteria.

You should then fully complete the large national organisation application form and submit it electronically (as instructed in the application form guidance) to wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk by 13.00 on Friday 23 February 2018

Skills for Care defines a partnership as being, a collection of adult social care employers, which may include micro employers, who come together to ‘pool’ their workforce development needs and potentially commission training to collectively meet those needs. 

It is important to read the partnership requirements which sets out criteria that Skills for Care expects grant holders and their respective partnerships to exercise when disbursing the WDF. 

Organisations applying for funding through an employer led partnership must meet set NMDS-SC requirements.

Requirements for completing the NMDS-SC for compliance with the WDF explains the requirements an organisation will need to meet to be eligible for funding.

These requirements have no impact on the competitive tender as organisations meet the NMDS-SC requirements during the course of the year. 

Skills for Care will make a grant award to the lead organisation for the partnership who is then responsible for disbursal of the fund to their members, and for supporting those members to comply with Skills for Care’s eligibility and evidence requirements. 

Lead partners must ensure that as far as practically possible partnerships are open to all employers within the adult social care sector, including micro-employers. 

How does the process work? 
If your application is successful, you will enter into a grant agreement with Skills for Care. Grants will be awarded during April/May 2018.

You must submit claims by set milestones during the year in order to draw down funding. 

The claims process flowchart provides further information.

How to apply
You should read the application form guidance and additional information on this page carefully to ensure you meet the necessary criteria.

You should then fully complete the partnerships application form and the workforce plan and submit them both electronically (as instructed in the application form guidance) to wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk by 13.00 on Friday 23 February 2018.

 

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