Individual employer funding

If you employ your own care and support through a personal budget from social care or health (personal health budget) or using your own money (this is sometimes called being a 'self-funder'), you can apply for funding to train you and your personal assistants (PAs).

Watch our video about the  funding available.

 

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The fund can be used for training to develop you as an employer and to develop the skills of your PA.

The fund can cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training.

Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2022.

Read about how other employers have used the fund.

Our guidance document How to apply for funding for training guidance explains more about the funding, how to complete the application form and what documents you need to send with your application.

If you have any questions or need help with the application form you can email funding@skillsforcare.org.uk or call us on 0113 241 1275 (available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

Download our FAQs document which may answer some of your questions. 

To apply for funding, you will need to complete the application form and send it to us. The form is available in:

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the conditions of the grant.

Applications can be sent to us any time between now and 5pm on Monday 28 February 2022.

Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2022.

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We will consider all applications for funding on a case by case basis. If successful, we will usually tell you within 30 days and arrange payment directly into your bank account.

  How have others used the funding?

  • Katherine, who manages a team of PAs on behalf of her daughter Sarah successfully applied for the funding to pay for her PA team to attend courses such as the Care Certificate, training in massage, and attending a cranial and tinnitus workshop, as well as completing training in first aid, moving, and assisting, and health and safety. The training has allowed the PA team to learn new skills and support Sarah have a better-quality life.

    ➥ Read more about the training

  • 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." 
    ➥ Read more about the training

  • 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."
    ➥ Read more about the training.

  • 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."
    ➥ Read more about the training.

  • 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."
    ➥ Read more about the training. 

Employing personals assistants toolkit

Employing personal assistants toolkit will help you to think about your responsibilities and legal obligations as an employer. It guides you through the process of recruiting a personal assistant and what to do when they’re working for you, including training and managing them. 

The toolkit includes practical examples from other individual employers and templates to help.

⇨ See the online toolkit

More information and useful resources about employing your own care and support staff can be found on the information hub for individual employers and personal assistants.

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