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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 2019 and 31 March 2020 and a maximum of £2000 can be claimed for each learner.

The capping level for each organisation is £7,500. This means that where there is more than one ASC-WDS registered service they will all be covered by this cap. The allocation of funding will be on a first come, first served basis.

What qualifications can I claim for?

In 2019-20 WDF can be used to claim RQF Qualifications across all levels, QCF L5 Leadership and Management and other key sector priorities including:

  • £3 million of targeted 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 and learning programmes. New CPD programmes are in development and will be available in October 2019.

  • Enhanced funding per learner for completion of the adult care worker and lead adult care worker apprenticeship standards

    Employers can claim funding in two stages for learners on the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker 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

Important Changes to WDF Funded Qualifications

As a result of feedback from employers and WDF grant holders, Skills for Care have updated the WDF funded qualifications and learning programmes list to include a number of additional RQF diplomas at levels 2, 3 and 4. For more information click here.


A copy of the learner’s certificate showing the complete qualification must be provided and can only be accepted if it is dated between 1 January 2019 and March 31 2020.

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.

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: https://caredevelopmenteast.co.uk/funding/how-can-i-claim/