Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

WHAT IS THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND?

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 gaining qualifications. The fund enables care employers to have a continuing committment to staff learning and development by enhancing their learning and development budgets.

 

THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND IN CORNWALL, THE ISLES OF SCILLY AND DEVON

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.

The amount of WDF Grant we have availabe for 2019/2020 is £220k. We do have an allocation policy for 2019/2020 which initially limits any one provider to claiming a maximum of 15% of the total grant, for 2019/20 this will be £33k. However, if we have any reserves in the third quarter of the financial year 2019/2020, we will invite those providers who have reached the 15% limit to submit and be funded for further claims. A maximum of £2,000 per learner can be claimed per financial year. Claims can be made for any certificates dated 1 January 2019 - 31 March 2020.

 

AM I ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM WDF FROM CAHSC?

This fund is available to all adult social care providers in Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly. You must become a WDF Partnership member and be registered and completely up to date with your submissions for the ASC-WDS (previosuly known as NMDS-SC). If you are registering with ASC-WDS for the first time, please note new registrations open after 12 August 2019. We will post a link to the new ASC-WDS registration website once it is available.

To begin the claiming process please download and review the documents available in the DOWNLOADS section of this page. For further support and information contact Elaine Dyer on 01326 567163 or elaine.dyer@cahsc-cornwall.org.uk.

Please note new memberships can only be accepted up until 21 February 2020. If you do not complete membership by this date you will not be able to claim WDF for 19/20 and will have to wait until the new funding round of 20/21 opens.

 

WHERE CAN I GET HELP OR ADVICE ABOUT WDF?

More information about WDF can be found in our DOWNLOADS section on this page and also on the Skills for Care website. For further advice you can contact us at CAHSC about any aspects of WDF, including registering and updating ASC-WDS on 01326 567163 or elaine.dyer@cahsc-cornwall.org.uk