Posted: 13 February 2017
Our Project Manager, Cori Lowe, wants more employers to apply for support from the Workforce Development Fund which Skills for Care distributes on behalf of the Department of Health.
‘Without securing the Workforce Development Fund, as a small business we wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for everyone to undertake qualifications. It supports us to move our training schedule forward.’
That’s what’s one manager told us when discussing the impact of securing funding from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) on her organisation.
The fund which we distribute on behalf of the Department of Health helped 3551 establishments support 20,114 learners last year.
The fund is open to any one of the 19,000 plus adult social care employers who can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications, units and Apprenticeships.
One of the most popular qualifications is the level 2 diploma in ‘Health and Social Care (Adults)’ for which you can claim a contribution of up to £690. You could claim for units in a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (58 credits) where you could get up to £870, or maybe a Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (12 credits) for which you can claim up to £180.
We are all busy people so why bother making a claim?
We know from feedback that reclaiming a contribution towards your costs through the Workforce Development Fund does help make your training budget go that bit further and help address skills gaps.
Employers who have accessed the fund report that they have fewer complaints and fewer safeguarding incidents as well as improvements in retention, morale and productivity.
It’s worth remembering that the number of adult social care job roles is set to increase by up to 275,000 by 2025 and being able to support the learning and development of new workers will be an issue for many employers.
The thing that makes me most proud of the support we offer to employers is that staff who access training through the fund are better placed to offer high quality care and support to the people they work for.
But don’t just take our word for it here’s what another manager had to say about the positive impact of WDF:
'Accessing this fund has been successful for everybody, without a doubt. It has supported the staff, and in turn, the running of the care home. It has also brought about considerable financial savings.'
So if you want to access WDF then visit our funding page and make sure that your completed declaration form is sent to Skills for Care by Tuesday 28 February.