Workforce Development Fund

UPDATE FOR 2020-2021 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND  

CAHSC Learning Partnership has been successful in recieving an increase of £124k in our WDF grant allocation for 2020-2021, bringing the total WDF grant available to £236k. 

Skills for Care have extended the deadline for submitting claims to 31 May 2021. Please ensure that you have joined our WDF partnership by 26 February 2020 to access the fund, and that your ASC-WDS account is meeting WDF requirements by 31 March 2021 to be eligible to claim. 

If you have any questions about accessing the fund or submitting a claim, please contact Funding and Events Lead, Elaine Dyer, on [email protected]

WHAT IS THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND?

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health and Social Care, distributed by Skills for Care. WDF makes a substantial contribution to the costs of care staff gaining qualifications. The fund enables care employers to have a continuing commitment 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 distributed 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 available for 2020-2021 is £110k. We do have an allocation policy for 2020-21 which initially limits any one provider to claiming a maximum of 15% of the total grant, for 2020-21 this will be £16k. However, if we have any reserves in the third quarter of the financial year 2020-2021, 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 2020 - 31 March 2021.

You might have noticed that the funding grant allocation we have received for 2020-21 is significantly lower than previous awards.

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Skills for Care have initially received a six-month funding agreement from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to 30 September 2020, rather than annual funding, which has been received in previous years.  

If further funds from the DHSC are confirmed for October 2020 to March 2021, it might be that we receive an increase to our grant allocation. However, to receive this increase we are required to have spent 20% (£22,469) of the initial grant allocation by the 30th September. For this reason, we ask that you submit claims on a regular basis and do not let them build up, to help us have the best possible chance to secure additional funding allocations, and to process the claims efficiently.

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 compliant on ASC-WDS (previously known as NMDS-SC). If you are not registered with ASC-WDS, you can create an account here.

Please note new memberships can only be accepted up until 26 February 2021. If you do not complete membership by this date you will not be able to claim WDF for 2020-21 and will have to wait until the new funding round of 2021-22 opens.

HOW TO CLAIM

To begin the claiming process please download and review the documents available in the DOWNLOADS section of this page.

You will need to complete the CAHSC WDF Claim Form 20-21 and the Skills for Care Employer WDF Claim Submission Form and submit this with a copy of the learner certificate as evidence to [email protected] 

Please note that if you are claiming for an apprenticeship, whether you are an apprenticeship levy payer, or non levy payer, it will not be possible to use the WDF towards training delivery and end-point assessment costs. However, the WDF can be used towards the associated costs of training, so this is what the fund would be claimed towards. You can find out more in the Claiming for Apprenticeship Qualifications document.

We ask that you submit claims electronically, where possible, for efficiency and to support the environment. If you are unable to submit a claim electronically, please post the above documents to:

 CAHSC Learning Partnership                                   

 Studio 3, Fastnet House,                                               

 Church View Business Park,                                     

 Falmouth, TR11 4FZ 

For further support and information contact Elaine Dyer (Funding and Events Lead) on [email protected]

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 [email protected]