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).

The fund can be used for training to develop you as an employer and to develop the skills of your PA and can cover 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 30 April 2022.


Complete the application and send email to

We have guidance to assist the application process, download our 'How to apply for funding for training' and FAQs  to assist with any application queries. 

Application deadline

17:00 Thursday 31 March 2022. 
Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 30 April 2022.

Next steps

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.

Further information

  • Katherine 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. 

There's lots of work happening, nationally and locally to support individual employers. Sign up to our ‘Newsletter for individual employers and those who support them’ to keep up-to-date. 

The information hub for individual employers and personal assistants brings together useful resources from helpful toolkits, recorded webinars, latests news, upcoming virtual events and much more.


Watch our video about the funding available


View our webinar highlighting further information on how to apply for individual employer funding.


Get in touch

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