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 through 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 28 February 2022 and submit your claim by 31 March 2022.

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 28 February 2022.

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. Click here to find out more. 

To claim WDF for your organisation your ASC-WDS account needs to meet certain requirements. Click here to view the full requirements for completing ASC-WDS 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 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.

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 2021 and 31 March 2022
  • 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 2021 and 31 March 2022.

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 2021 and 31 March 2022
  • 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 2022 and 31 March 2022

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 will support you in making a claim.

Once the claim has been verified, you’ll receive payment from 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 2022.

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