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For those not in one of the advertised local authority areas you should join and apply for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) through a partnership.

To make a claim from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) through an employer-led partnership there are a few simple steps you'll need to follow.

 

Choosing a partnership to join

Download the documents to find a partnership in your area. If your organisation has services operating in several different areas, you might want to join a national partnership such as 

 

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Within each partnership there is a ‘grant holder’ who is responsible for the disbursal of the funding within the partnership and supporting their members to access the fund. Find out more about the requirements that grant holders and their partnerships should exercise in disbursing WDF. 

 

You’ll need your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) account number to complete your declaration form. If you haven’t got an ASC-WDS account you’ll need to set one up. Find out how to create an account.

To claim WDF for your organisation your ASC-WDS account needs to meet certain requirements by 31 March 2022.

ASC-WDS requirements for WDF 2021-22

 

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To join a partnership you must complete a member’s declaration form. Your completed form should be sent to the grant holder of your chosen partnership before 28 February 2022.

 

Have you previously claimed WDF through a partnership?

You won't need to complete another declaration form unless you’re joining a new partnership. Employers must join and liaise with the partnership directly. A third party, such as a learning provider, can’t do this on an employer’s behalf.

 

Making a claim from the WDF

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Once your learner has completed their qualification, learning programme or digital learning module, complete the employer claim submission form and submit this with a copy of the learner’s certificate(s) to your partnership.

 

Learner certificates

The learner certificates must contain the following information:

Qualification certificates, including the apprenticeship diploma certificate

  • candidate name
  • candidate registration number
  • unique learner number
  • name of qualification and qualification number as per our list of funded qualifications and learning
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2021 and 31 May 2022
  • name of the awarding organisation
  • name of the learning provider or centre number.

 

Final apprenticeship certificate

Please note: the certificate must be issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)

  • candidate name
  • unique learner number
  • name of apprenticeship
  • apprenticeship code - this can be written on the certificate
  • name of qualification and qualification number as per our list of funded qualifications and learning
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2021 and 31 May 2022.

 

Learning programme certificates

  • candidate name
  • date of birth
  • name of learning programme
  • claim code from the list of funded qualifications and learning  
    - this can be written on the certificate
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2021 and 31 May 2022
  • name of endorsed learning provider.

 

Digital learning modules

  • candidate name
  • date of birth
  • name of digital module
  • claim code from the list of funded qualifications and learning  
    - this can be written on the certificate
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2022.

 

As an employer, you’re responsible for maintaining a clear audit trail of funding received and spent. We recommend you keep evidence of learning and development funded through WDF as you may be asked to confirm details.

 

FAQ's

FAQs for employers applying through a partnership