The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health, distributed by Skills for Care. WDF makes a substantial contirbution to the costs of care staff completing units and qualifications. The fund enables care employers to have a continuing committment to staff learning and development by enhancing their learning and development budgets.
WDF is ditributed nationally by Skills for Care and care partnerships are eligible to bid for funds for their area. CAHSC are the care partnership for Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Devon. We have again successfully bid for WDF monies for 2018/2019 and that this year we will also be supporting Devon care providers to claim WDF.
The amount of WDF Grant we have availabe for 2018/2019 is £165k. We do have an allocation policy for 2018/2019 which initially limits any one provider to claiming a maximum of 20% of the total grant, for 2018/2019 this will be £33k. However, if we have any reserves in the third quarter of the financial year 2018/2019, we will invite those providers who have reached the 20% limit to submit and be funded for further claims. A maximum of £1,200 per learner can be claimed per financial year (1 January 2018 - 31 March 2019).
This fund is available to all adult social care providers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. You must be a member of CAHSC (see membership) and be registered and completely up to date with your submissions for the NMDS-SC.
To begin the claiming process, please contact us on 01326 567163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note there is a cut off date of the 28th Febuary each year, this is the cut of date for becomming a member with us and skills for care to claim Workforce Development Fund for the current financial year.
In January 2018 the Qualifications and Credits Frameowrk (QCF) was replaced with the Regulated Qualifications Framework. The changes mean that there is more flexibility in the content of units and Ofqual will take a larger role in ensuring awarding organisations are ensuring the quality of qualifications as they are delivered. More information can be found on the Skills for Care website here.
The changes do mean that this year we can only accept completed qualifications for WDF claims and not individual units.
More information about WDF can be found in our DOWNLOADS section on this page and also on the Skills for Care website or you are welcome to contact us at CAHSC about any aspects of WDF, including registering and updating NMDS-SC.