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Workforce Development Fund (WDF)


The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

We have been successful in our bid to Skills for Care and have secured £40,000 to support the delivery of training for our adult social care providers in County Durham. 

The Workforce Development Fund 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.

Apply for funding

You will need to join the Care Academy to access the funding.

  1. Email careacademy@durham.gov.uk before 26 February 2021 to request a members form.
  2. You'll need your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) account number to complete your declaration form. If you haven't got an ASC-WDS account you'll need to set one up. See Skills for Care: Discover the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set.
  3. Your ASC-WDS account needs to meet certain requirements. See Skills for Care: Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set requirements for the Workforce Development Fund 2020-21 to view the full requirements for completing ASC-WDS to meet WDF requirements.

Once registered, we will contact you to discuss your application.

Key sector priorities 2020/21

Funding to support new managers, existing managers, deputies and aspiring managers

Investing in managers represents an investment in their services, their staff and the quality of care they provide. Enhanced funding is available for completion of leadership and management qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

See Skills for Care: Developing new managers and deputies

Enhanced funding per learner for completion of the listed apprenticeship standards

Employers can claim funding in two stages for learners on the Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Lead Practitioner in Adult Care and Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship standards - upon completion of the diploma and after the end-point assessment has been passed.

You can claim funding towards the cost of listed qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules completed between 1 January 2020 and the 31 March 2021. This includes money 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
  • wage replacement costs

All costs must be incurred before WDF is claimed and employers must ensure they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claim they make.

See Skills for Care: Workforce Development Fund 2020/21 - funded qualifications and learning

What can be funded

We will only fund qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules which are included in the list of funded qualifications and learning - see Skills for Care: Workforce Development Fund 2020/21 - funded qualifications and learning.

We will fund a maximum of £2,000 per learner per financial year.

All qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules will be funded up to the value advertised on completion.

Funding claims from all sources (combined with our funding) must not be more than the total cost of the training (i.e. no profit must be made from these funds). Any excess shall be repaid to us before any other funder.

Apprenticeship levy paying employers cannot use the Workforce Development Fund to offset apprenticeship levy payments. It is possible to claim the Workforce Development Fund alongside the apprenticeship levy but it is not possible to use WDF towards apprenticeship training delivery or end-point assessment costs which have been funded through the levy.

Full details of the workforce development fund can be found at on the Skills for Care Website at Skills for Care: Workforce Development Fund.

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County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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