Skills for Care

Lifetime skills guarantee

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is a Government initiative designed to support the economy and help adults develop their job prospects by gaining in-demand skills.

The initiative includes full funding for almost 400 level 3 qualifications. Any adult aged 19 and over, who doesn’t already hold a full level 3 qualification (A-Level or equivalent), can access the funding. 



There’s a wide range of certificates and diploma qualifications which can support the adult care workforce, including the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care.


Subject to confirmation of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, it’ll be possible to claim money from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards associated costs of listed adult social care qualifications. These costs may include employees' salaries, course fees and venue costs for training. Please note, employers are responsible for ensuring the qualification is funded prior to enrolling their staff.

Training providers

The list provided on the Government website provides details of the colleges and training providers that are currently able to offer fully funded places, for one or more of the level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults. Contact the college or provider directly to find out if they have free places, or if they’re considering offering the qualification in the future.

Our providers may be able to assist you in finding funded places on any of their eligible level 3 qualifications.
Endorsement for learning providers

View further information about other currently funded recruitment and development initiatives for the sector.
Funded recruitment and development initiatives