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Workforce Development Funding

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) which is distributed by Skills for Care through a network of employer led partnerships. Care Development East is the employer led partnership in Suffolk and distributes the funds to members of the partnership.

The fund allows you to claim money towards the cost of learning programmes such as Diplomas and Apprenticeships (or employer contributions) but can only be claimed once a candidate has completed their full qualification. Funding is only eligible for learning programmes and associated costs completed between 1 January 2021 and 31 May 2022 and a maximum of £2000 can be claimed for each learner.

The allocation of funding will be on a first come, first served basis.

What qualifications can I claim for?

In 2021-22 WDF can be used to claim RQF Qualifications across all levels and other key sector priorities including:

  • 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 guidance and support on developing leaders and managers.

  • 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.

Click here for a full list of eligible qualifications


A full copy of the learner’s certificate including the unit breakdown showing the complete qualification must be provided and can only be accepted if it is dated between 1 January 2021 and May 31 2022.

Once you have this evidence you need to complete an Employer claim form to send with the certificate to Care Development East. Your claim will be processed and sent to Skills for Care. Any queries with the claim will be addressed with you before being forwarded.

We will acknowledge your claim on receipt but cannot specify how long it will take until you receive your funding.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about eligible qualifications or the claiming process please call the Care Development East office and chat to a member of the team. We are very happy to talk you through the process, or alternatively please email wdf@caredevelopmenteast.co.uk 

We have also created a handy claiming process WDF Flowchart to help you navigate your way through the requirements for claiming or click here to find out more: