Workforce Development Fund

A female care worker is sat with someone who needs care and support holding a pen The Workforce Development Fund supports the learning and development of adult social care workers in England. 

Supporting you to develop your workers

Please note that the fund for 2016/17 has now closed. We will update the website as soon as we have more information about the fund for 2017/18.

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health which is disbursed by Skills for Care. It’s a limited pot of money which funds qualifications, units and learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.

Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications, units, apprenticeships and learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development, such as course fees, can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

How the fund has benefitted others  

Our infographic for 2015-16 gives a pictorial summary of who claimed the money and what they claimed for to help give you an idea of what is available. You can also download the infographic for the 2014-15 fund.

Over the past couple of years, more than 90% of organisations who received funding said the quality of care had improved as a result. 85% of organisations also said the money had helped to address the most pressing skills gaps amongst their staff.

You can see how others have used the WDF to develop the skills of their workers in the below case studies:

  • Find out how Thorndene used the money to maintain the standards and quality of service offered at this private residential care home.
  • Rocklee Limited used the money to develop and maintain the team’s professional development for the ultimate benefit of its residents.
  • Hazelwell Lodge used the WDF to address skill gaps and to improve access to higher level social care roles through specialist training, with the ultimate aim of providing residents with improved care.
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) used the WDF to support the development of its staff and volunteers and to contribute towards a stretched annual training budget.
  • Find out how Creative Support used the money to develop a national workforce that has experienced phenomenal growth over the last few years.
  • Bluebird Care is a national provider that used the money to support the ongoing professional development of its staff to maintain and improve the quality of care and support. 



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