Skills for Care

Individual Employer Funding

As an individual employer you can apply for the individual employer funding to train yourself and your personal assistants (PAs).

This funding can be used to cover training costs to develop your skills as an employer, direct costs of completing training/qualifications, hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training courses and travel.

Applicable to people who employ their own care and support using an adult social care direct payment (personal budget) or using your own money ('self-funder').

The training has helped my PAs to be more confident and knowledgeable about my specific care needs.

Ella McCance
Individual employer


How to apply

The application process to apply for 2023/24 funding has now closed. 

Find out about funded training available through User Led Organisations (ULOs).


Approved funding

Already applied for funding? You will be contacted within 30 days if your application is successful, and payment will be arranged directly into your bank account.


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Contact us

If you have a question about the funding or need support completing the application process please contact or call 0113 241 1275.


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Case studies

Learn how have others used the funding to make improvments in their care.

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Perveen Ahmad applied for funding to pay for a tailored package of training for her PAs, including nutrition and hydration, moving and handling and mental health awareness. She said: "None of this would have been achievable without Skills for Care funding."

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Ella McCance applied for funding to pay for her team of PAs to do the Care Certificate and other training including equality and diversity, Mental Capacity Act and person centred care planning. She told us: "The training has helped my PAs to be more confident and knowledgeable about my specific care needs."

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Pauline Drury applied for funding on behalf of her daughter Natalie, to train her PAs to deliver rebound therapy sessions. Natalie and her PAs have benefit from the training. Her Mum, Pauline says: "It allows us to feel that Natalie is in safe and knowledgable hands when we're not with her." 

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Sharon Taylor-Brown applied for funding to pay for her PAs to attend training as part of the Care Certificate. She told us: "The funding enabled to training to be delivered in my own home so it was personalised to my needs."


Access our information for individual employers and personal assistants

Our individual employers and personal assistants area bring together useful information from lots of different places to help with employing your own support.

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