Workforce Development Fund 2019-20

When can I apply?

The 2019-20 fund is not yet open for applications. We'll update this page when the fund is open or sign up to eNews, our fortnightly e-bulletin, where we'll announce the news.

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) for 2019-20 is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care. It supports the provision of high quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. 

The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.

Key sector priorities for the WDF 2019-20

In 2019-20 the WDF will respond to key sector priorities including:

  • Additional support to new managers, existing managers, deputies and aspiring managers. Investing in managers represents an investment in their services, their staff and the quality of care they provide. Enhanced funding will be available for completion of leadership and management qualifications and learning programmes. New CPD programmes will be developed and made available during the funding year.
  • Enhanced funding per learner for completion of the adult care worker and lead adult care worker apprenticeship standards.

What can be funded?

View the list of funded qualifications and learning programmes


It's important to note that organisations accessing funding must meet the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for WDF. Currently known as the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC), this online data collection service is being updated and will be known as the ASC-WDS. Please read the requirements to check if you're eligible to apply.