The Workforce Development Fund 2018 is now open for applications. Adult social care employers in England can claim contributions from the Workforce Development Fund, a limited pot of money towards the costs of employees completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes between 1st January 2018 and 31st March 2019.
Providers can claim towards the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and associated costs, such as employees’ salaries whilst they are undertaking training; coaching and mentoring costs; venue costs for the training and wage replacement costs.
The Fund, which Skills for Care distributes on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, helped 3,637 establishments support 20,648 learners in 2016-17. It’s open to any one of the 20,300 adult social care employers who can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications and learning programmes.
The Fund helps providers' training budgets go a little further, helping to ensure the workforce has the right knowledge and skills to offer high-quality care and support to the people they work for. Research into the Fund revealed that employers found 'that the WDF has helped them to address skills gaps and staff morale has improved'.
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 20,300 employers to apply and I would urge them to do so as the funding really does make a difference.'