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If you’re an employer in the Health and Social care sector, you could claim money towards the cost of your employee’s courses.

The Workforce Development Fund (or WDF) is a limited fund from the Department of Health and Social Care, which is operated by Skills for Care. It’s designed to support the development of staff across adult social care who operate in England.

Who can claim it?

The WDF is available for any employer in the Health and Social Care who operates in England. It is available for both Levy and Non-Levy employers whose employees completed a qualification between the dates of 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2019.

What can you be able to claim?

It is estimated you can be able to claim £1,200 per learner per financial year.

What differences are there between levy and non-levy employers in regards to WDF?

Levy paying

Levy paying employers can claim up to any costs that are not related to the training or assessment of the apprenticeship (e.g. using it to fulfil the off the job learning time requirements, to compensate should a learner is released). You cannot use the WDF to claim for any training or assessment costs due to the levy.

Non-levy paying

Non-levy paying employers can only claim the 10% they have to pay for training and assessment. You cannot claim the 90% that the government contributes to your employees training.

How do I apply for the WDF?

If you are in an advertised local authority (For example, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Solihull) you can apply directly though Skills for Care.

If you are not in an advertised local authority, or if you prefer not to apply directly, you can join a WDF partnership. A WDF partnership consists of various adult social care providers who pool their workforce developmental needs

You cannot ask Omega (or another learning provider) to help you apply for WDF.

What if I already receive funding?

You can claim WDF alongside other funding grants, since the WDF is intended for the supporting of apprenticeship training and assessment. However, there are several factors to consider:

  • You cannot claim for an employee’s apprenticeship training and assessment if you are already claiming though another fund that has the same intention.
  • It is the employer’s responsibility to only claim the costs of the employee’s training and only what can be claimed.
  • The employer will need to provide evidence of any costs that was made towards the training of the employee.

More information

Related information

Our Apprenticeships section lists all our apprenticeships, including those eligible for WDF.

Information on the WDF was first made available in our October 2018 newsletter.

Information on the Levy was first made available in our July 2017 newsletter

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