Assessed and supported year in employment funding

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Receive funding to support your newly qualified social workers

We can provide funding to support newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) complete the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

We’re still awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) of grant funding support for the ASYE in adult services for 2019-20.

We anticipate the arrangements to be the same as previous years in that the level of funding will be a fixed ‘pot’ of money to be distributed and disbursal will be based on a formula that takes into account the number of social workers employed by the agency and the number of NQSWs registered.

As in previous years, employers will be required to provide evidence of their membership of an external moderation partnership when they submit their pre-registration application form and employers are also required to comply with requests for the submission of evidence to the national moderation panel. 

Pending confirmation of funding from DHSC, we've taken the decision to open the pre-registration application process to allow employers to submit their projected numbers for registrations ahead of the portal opening in July.

Please note that the pre-registration process does not require you to access the funding portal. The pre-registration form can be downloaded here. It should be completed and submitted back to

Key dates for the 2019-20 funding process, for NQSWs starting their ASYE from 1 February 2019, are currently as follows*:

  • The deadline for receipt of pre-registration application forms for local authorities/NHS/community interest companies/social enterprise employers is currently Friday 5 July 2019.
  • For small private and voluntary employers the deadline for receipt of pre-registration applications is Friday 10 January 2020.
  • The online portal for officially registering NQSWs for funding is due to open July 2019 and will remain open until Friday 31 January 2020. Please note that any NQSWs not on the system after this deadline, will not be eligible for funding in 2019/20.

*Please note that the published deadlines may be extended depending on when we receive notification from DHSC. 

FAQs are available and guidance on how to complete your application will be available soon. If you have any questions or need further information please email us.     

How do I claim an ASYE certificate?

Skills for Care is now issuing ASYE certificates to employers for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in adults services. The Skills for Care certificates will look slightly different to the previous certificates but the process for issuing the certificates will remain the same. 

In order to claim a certificate, employers will need to update the NQSW record on the portal with the date of completion of the ASYE. Guidance on how to update the portal is available. If you have any questions please email


If you have any questions about funding for NQSWs in adults services, please email