Changes to the Workforce Development Fund for 2018-19

The Workforce Development Fund is changing in 2018/19 due to the move to the Regulated Qualifications Framework and the apprenticeship standards. There are still many qualifications that will be funded but it is important that you know which ones and what will be different.

The information that you need to know differs depending on what your role is so please click on the most appropriate link below to find out more:

Information for employers

The Workforce Development Fund is available to all adult social care employers in England and can go towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications. There will be a number of changes to the 2018/19 fund that we need to tell you about. 

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has been withdrawn to make way for the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and there has been a move from the apprenticeship frameworks to apprenticeship standards, as implemented by the government. This means that there will be a few changes to the Workforce Development Fund for 2018/19 and these are outlined below. 

  • Skills for Care will not fund all health and social care RQF qualifications so it is important to check the list of what will be funded before you commission any learning and development. RQF focuses on the achievement of full qualifications, so in 2018/19 both QCF and RQF qualifications will be funded at qualification level only. This means individual units cannot be claimed and qualifications will be claimed when completed.
  • For all qualifications the evidence required to support claims will be a copy of the learner’s certificate, although for QCF qualifications this will still need to include the full unit breakdown. Unit summary sheets will not be accepted as evidence in 2018/19.
  • 2018/19 will be the final year for claiming QCF qualifications. This means that if the qualification is not completed, certificated and claimed in 2018/19 it will not be funded through the Workforce Development Fund.
  • The 60 credit limit will no longer be in place in 2018/19, but will be replaced by a financial limit which allows the qualification with the highest funding value, the level 5 diploma, to be claimed for a learner within a single funding year.

If you have any queries please email wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk

Information for partnerships and large national organisations

There are a number of changes taking place to learning and development within the adult social care sector. Specifically the moves from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and from apprenticeship frameworks to apprenticeship standards that have been implemented by the government. 

These changes will have some implications for the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) from the 2018/19 funding year. Below we have provided you with a summary of key changes in the pipeline. 

  • Skills for Care will not fund all health and social care RQF qualifications so it is important to check the list of what will be funded. This list includes details of the awarding organisation and the qualification number. This list will be updated when the 18/19 fund launches.
  • RQF focuses on the achievement of full qualifications, so in 2018/19 both QCF and RQF qualifications will be funded at qualification level only. This means individual units cannot be claimed and qualifications will be claimed when completed.
  • For all qualifications the evidence required to support claims will be a copy of the learner’s certificate, although for QCF qualifications this will still need to include the full unit breakdown. Claim forms will still need to be completed with unit details for QCF qualifications to ensure that a unit is only funded once. Unit summary sheets will not be accepted as evidence in 2018/19.
  • 2018/19 will be the final year for claiming QCF qualifications. This means that if the qualification is not completed, certificated and claimed in 2018/19 it will not be funded through the Workforce Development Fund.
  • The 60 credit limit will no longer be in place in 2018/19, but will be replaced by a financial limit which allows the qualification with the highest funding value to be claimed for a learner within a single funding year.
  • Grant milestones will change as a result of claims being made at qualification level. 

Should you have any further queries at this stage these can be sent to wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk.

Information for learning providers

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has been withdrawn to make way for the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and there has also been a move from the apprenticeship frameworks to the apprenticeship standards, as implemented by the government. This means that there will be a few changes to the Workforce Development Fund for 2018/19 that we need to tell you about. 

  • RQF focuses on the achievement of full qualifications, so in 2018/19 both QCF and RQF qualifications will be funded at qualification level only. This means individual units cannot be claimed and qualifications will be claimed when completed.
  • For all qualifications the evidence required to support claims will be a copy of the learner’s certificate, although for QCF qualifications this will still need to include the full unit breakdown. Unit summary sheets will not be accepted as evidence in 2018/19.
  • 2018/19 will be the final year for claiming QCF qualifications. This means that if the qualification is not completed, certificated and claimed in 2018/19 it will not be funded through the Workforce Development Fund.
  • The 60 credit limit will no longer be in place in 2018/19, but will be replaced by a financial limit which allows the qualification with the highest funding value, the level 5 diploma, to be claimed for a learner within a single funding year.
  • Skills for Care will not fund all health and social care RQF qualifications so it is important to check the list of what will be funded so that you can advise your clients before they commission learning and development from you. This list will be updated when the 18/19 fund launches.

If you have any queries please email wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk