Workforce Development Innovation Fund

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The Workforce Development Innovation Fund (WDIF) is now open. It supports innovative projects which increase the skills and competence of staff. Its fundamental aim is to improve service quality and embed person centred values within the workforce.

Therefore, if you have an innovative workforce development project which is in development, being tested, improved or is looking to reach new audiences then this might be for you.

Applications for WDIF must look to address one of the advertised priorities, as outlined in the ‘What will be funded?’ section below, and deliver to Skills for Care tangible resources or products which have been tested as part of the project.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on Friday 22 June 2018.

There are lots of examples showing how others have used WDIF on Learn from Others.


It is essential that you read the guidance document before completing the application form as it provides more detail about each section.

Click here to download the application form.

Please email your fully completed application form to by 1pm on Friday 22 June 2018. Please include your organisation name in the email subject line.

Due to the popularity of this funding stream only 1 application may be submitted by any organisation or partnership/network. It is not permissible for any organisation to make an organisation application and to also apply as the lead organisation for a partnership/network application.

For the purposes of this fund we are using the model of an ‘innovation spectrum’ from the Spring Consortium, for the Department of Education, 2014. This frames innovation as a dynamic process, moving from an initial idea to scalability and sustainability. ‘New’ ideas are only one part of innovation: piloting, scaling and improving are as important. Projects may be at any point in the innovation spectrum.

Skills for Care’s focus is on leadership and workforce in the adult social care sector. Working with employers, everything we do is in support of our vision of a confident, caring, skilled and well-led workforce that is valued by people who need care and support.

Within this context, in 2018-19 we are particularly interested in providing WDIF investment and support to projects that will focus on addressing the issues outlined below:

  1. Enhance the impact of your registered manager network by increasing the skills of or support for attending managers or their staff.
  2. What skills, knowledge and competencies and what type of support does a Nominated Individual need to ensure their service achieves an outstanding rating?
  3. Improve the understanding of organisational cultures between health and social care in support of integrated working.
  4. Embed personalisation in practice, and assess the impact this has.
  5. Making co-production work in practice.

All of these priorities are explained in more detail in the guidance document.

All projects funded via WDIF must demonstrate that consideration has been given to the scalability, transferability and sustainability of the project. 

All projects finded via WDIF must also:

  • deliver demonstrable business benefits and service quality improvements
  • deliver tangible resources or products which are developed and tested as part of the project, and provide these to Skills for Care when the project ends
  • result in an evaluation report which describes the project approach and lessons learned from delivery and a case study.

All resources produced need to be written in an accessible format so they can be used by other employers and for a range of service types within the sector. We will support the dissemination of the information to the wider sector. Case studies and resources from previous WDIF projects can be found on Learn from Others.

Where projects include Health and Social Care qualifications or non-accredited learning programmes delivered under licence by our endorsed providers, it will be necessary to complete the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) as set out in the requirements for completing the NMDS-SC.

If you are making an application and intend to deliver learning to third party organisations, meeting these requirements is applicable to those third party organisations who will be accessing the learning.