The Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is open to social care employers and is a contribution towards the cost of completing units and qualifications. This means you can claim back a proportion of the costs of the learning and development of your staff.
The costs to you as an employer may be that of the qualification itself or alternatively other employer contributions you may make whilst supporting your staff achieve their qualifications (salary costs, mentoring costs, venue costs for training, backfill etc.).
The amount of funding you can claim will depend on the qualification chosen, the units selected and how many credits make up those units. Funding is paid at £15 per credit, for example:
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care = up to £690
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care = up to £870
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children’s and Young Peoples Services = up to £1200
If you are interested in finding out more about WDF please view the related documents section below. The WDF Guidance document is a good place to start and will give you an overview of the process and the steps you need to take in order to join our Partnership. You will also find a membership form, an employer factsheet and a list of the units and qualifications covered by the funding stream.
Beverly Brown, Learning & Development Advisor