Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund for the 2021-22 financial year is subject to final confirmation of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care – we expect this to be confirmed in the next few weeks.

If you haven’t done so already sign up to eNews, our fortnightly e-bulletin, where we’ll announce when the fund is available to access or keep checking this webpage for updates.

Arrangements for funding rapid induction will continue to ensure that new starters can perform their duties safely.

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) 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, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

How we can help you

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Our WDF 2018-19 key statistics shows who claimed the money from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) in 2018-19 and what they claimed for. 

An independent evaluation of the funding found that employers who contributed to the evaluation said that the quality of care they provide has improved as a direct consequence of the WDF.

Employers also reported that they can more effectively meet the specialist or personalised needs of the people who receive their care and support, that the WDF has helped them to address skills gaps and that staff morale has improved.




In 2021-22 the WDF will continue to provide enhanced funding for completion of leadership and management qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules. The funding will support registered managers and other frontline managers with their continuing professional development (CPD), ensuring that they’re able to access learning opportunities to continue to develop their knowledge and skills to effectively lead and support the workforce through the pandemic.

Additional priorities may emerge during the year in response to COVID-19 recovery.

View the list of funded qualifications and learning.

This list will be updated once the 2021-22 Workforce Development Fund has launched.

The 2021-22 Workforce Development Fund is not yet open. Sign up to eNews, our fortnightly e-bulletin, where we’ll announce when the fund is open for applications.

It's important to note that organisations accessing funding must meet the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for WDF. Please read the requirements to check if you're eligible to apply.


Find out how the WDF has helped others