Workforce Development Fund 2017 is now open

July 3, 2017

The Workforce Development Fund 2017 (WDF) is now open. New for this year, claims can be made towards completing new qualifications, such as Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Care (RQF) as well as learning programmes like Lead to Succeed.

The Fund is designed to help employers access qualifications, units and learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.

Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications, units, apprenticeships and learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development, such as course fees, can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

The Fund is open to all adult social care employers operating in England, who can claim for units, qualifications and learning programmes completed between 1st January 2017 and 31st March 2018.

Employers can claim WDF towards directly incurred costs, such as course fees (or employer contributions), employees’ salaries whilst they are undertaking training, the 20% off-the-job learning time within apprenticeships, coaching and mentoring costs and wage replacement costs.

Employers can apply by joining an employer-led partnership or, if based in one of 20 listed local authority areas, funding can be accessed directly from Skills for Care.

There are over 400 units eligible for funding that make up adult social care qualifications. A list of eligible units, qualifications and learning programmes is available on the Skills for Care website.

Skills for Care's Chief Executive, Sharon Allen said, 'The feedback from employing organisations is they have found the support for the Workforce Development Fund to be absolutely invaluable in making sure their workers can access high-quality learning and development opportunities.

'We also want as many of England’s 19,300 employers to apply and I would urge them to do so as the funding really does make a difference.'

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