How to claim funding directly from Skills for Care

If you're an employer in one of the advertised local authority areas, you can claim funding directly from Skills for Care.

Or if you’d prefer to apply via a partnership you can join a national partnership. National partnerships might be most suited to organisations that have services operating in several different areas.
 ⇨ Find out how to apply for funding via a partnership.

Making a claim from the Workforce Development Fund

To make a claim from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) you need to complete and return your declaration form by 26 February 2021 and submit your claim by 31 March 2021.

There are a few simple steps you'll need to follow and below you'll find some useful tips to help you complete each step:

Before you can apply for money from the WDF, you need to complete the Skills for Care direct access declaration form.

Your completed form must be sent to directaccess.wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk by 26 February 2021.

You’ll need your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) account number to complete your declaration form. If you don’t already have an ASC-WDS account you’ll need to set one up. 
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To claim WDF for your organisation your ASC-WDS account needs to meet certain requirements.
⇨ View the full requirements for completing ASC Workforce Data Set to meet WDF requirements.

If you meet the eligibility criteria to access the WDF directly through Skills for Care, we’ll issue an agreement by email for you to sign and return electronically.

 

Once your learner has completed their qualification, learning programme or digital learning module, complete the grant holder claim submission form and the claim form that has been sent to you by Skills for Care and submit these with a copy of the learner’s certificate(s) to directaccess.wdf@skillsforcare.org.uk.

All claims must be submitted by 31 March 2021.

The learner certificates must include the following information:

Qualification certificates, including the apprenticeship diploma certificate

  • candidate name
  • candidate registration number
  • unique learner number
  • name of qualification and qualification number as per our list of funded qualifications and learning 
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • name of the awarding organisation
  • name of the learning provider or centre number. 

 

Final apprenticeship certificate

Please note: the certificate must be issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE).

 

  • candidate name
  • unique learner number
  • name of apprenticeship
  • apprenticeship code - this can be written on the certificate
  • name of qualification and qualification number as per our list of funded qualifications and learning 
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021

Learning programme certificates

  • candidate name
  • date of birth
  • name of learning programme
  • claim code from the list of funded qualifications and learning  - this can be written on the certificate
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • name of endorsed learning provider. 

Digital learning modules

  • candidate name
  • date of birth
  • name of digital module
  • claim code from the list of funded qualifications and learning - this can be written on the certificate
  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021
 


As an employer, you’re responsible for maintaining a clear audit trail of funding received and spent. We recommend you keep evidence of learning and development funded through WDF as you may be asked to confirm details.

Direct access: how to put together a WDF claim 2020-21 will support you in making a claim.

 

Once the claim has been verified you’ll receive payment us.

To enable all employers to have the opportunity to claim funding during the year, we operate limits to the amount that can be claimed by individual organisations. We’ll advise you if you reach your limit. If you do reach your limit there may be opportunity to access additional funds at the end of the funding year which will be communicated directly during March 2021.

 

 

Further information can be found in the FAQs for employers applying via Skills for Care.