Assessed and supported year in employment funding
Receive funding to support your newly qualified social workers
Skills for Care is pleased to announce the opening of the portal for the ASYE grant for adults services, subject to final Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) approval of funding. It is anticipated that the level of funding for supporting the ASYE will be similar to the financial year 2020-21.
As we’re still awaiting final confirmation of funding from DHSC – this means you can start to register your NQSWs who have started their ASYE from 1 February 2021 onwards, but we will not be able to approve any applications, provide grant letters or disburse funds at this stage.
Key dates for the 2021-22 funding process, for NQSWs starting their ASYE from 1 February 2021, are currently as follows:
- The deadline for receipt of online pre-registration applications is Friday 7 January 2022. Please note the changes to the pre-registration process set out below.
- The online portal for officially registering NQSWs for funding is now open and will remain open until 23:59 Monday 31 January 2022.
⇨ Guidance for using the portal is available alternatively, the video below also shows you how to use the portal.
We anticipate DHSC will allocate a fixed budget to support NQSWs through their ASYE subject to confirmation as mentioned above. Funding will be allocated based on the NQSWs starting the ASYE between 1 February 2021 and 31 January 2022. In order to ensure fairness, we’ll disburse funds to employers using a funding formula that is based on the principles outlined below:
- No employer should receive less than £1,000 per NQSW
- No local authority or NHS employer should receive more than £2,000 per NQSW
- No voluntary or private employer (small organisations) should receive more than £2,500 per NQSW
The full amount of funding an employer will receive will be paid in two instalments.
Subject to confirmation of DHSC funding, the first payment will be £800 per NQSW. This will be allocated at the first milestone.
The remaining amount payable will be calculated using the funding formula and will be based on the number of social workers employed and the actual number of NQSWs registered for ASYE. This will be allocated at the second milestone. Please note, we will be required to recoup excess funding at milestone two in the event of employers recruiting fewer NQSWs than estimated and an over payment therefore having been made at milestone one.
There are four steps in the process:
1. Pre-registration process – please note the process below, which will continue from last year
In light of the pressures on all employers due to COVID-19 during financial year 2020-21, we reviewed the pre-registration process to make it as easy as possible for employers to draw on the funding as outlined below. Skills for Care has made the decision to keep the majority of this process in place for the 2021-22 funding year.
For those employers who have claimed the adults ASYE funding in previous years, we will use an average of available data of your actual NQSW registrations over the last three years (2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21) to estimate your number of NQSWs and calculate your milestone 1 payment, which means that you will not need to complete a pre-registration form this year.
We also agreed last year to use your most recent Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) as proof of your membership of an External Moderation Partnership. This means we will not have received the bulk of MoCs since the 2019-20 funding year. In order to ensure we have the most up to date information of moderation agreements, we will now ask employers to upload their most up to date MoC to the ‘Documents’ section on the portal before submitting the application to trigger their milestone 1 payments. We will release specific guidance on how to do this when the portal opens should the funding be confirmed.
New employers, or employers who have not registered for funding in the last three years, will be required to complete an online pre-registration form and provide evidence of their membership of an external moderation partnership when they submit. Guidance for completing the pre-registration form is available to download.
The pre-registration application for new employers is a crucial element to the disbursal process in that it enables us to predict the likely demand of the available resources. The application form must be completed to be able to access the funding. This will require you to give us the following information:
- the number of registered social workers you employ
- the number of NQSWs you plan to recruit and register for ASYE between 1 February 2021 and 31 January 2022
- at this stage we also require evidence of your membership of an external partnership.
Please make your application as soon as you have employed an NQSW.
Receipt of pre-registration applications will be confirmed within two weeks of application.
2. Registration of NQSWs
The registration portal (https://id.skillsforcare.org.uk/Account/Login) is now open. NQSWs may be registered from this point.
The process of registering further NQSWs should be undertaken as they come into post throughout the year.
3. Milestone one: first payment
Successful registration of your first NQSW or group of NQSWs for the year will trigger your grant letter upon Skills for Care receiving confirmation of funding from the DHSC. This will be sent to you by email from EchoSign (see FAQ 17). On receipt of your signed grant acceptance letter, the milestone one allocation will be paid. NB: Where no electronic registration is made no funding will be paid (see FAQs 13 and 14).
4. Milestone two: final payment
This will take place in February 2022. The amount to be paid (subject to funding confirmation) will be based on the actual number of NQSWs registered with Skills for Care by 31 January 2022.
How do I claim an ASYE certificate?
We are 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 the team.
If you have any questions about funding for NQSWs in adults services, please email adultsASYE@skillsforcare.org.uk.