Workforce Development Fund

Workforce Development FundThe Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health distributed by Skills for Care.

It focuses on the achievement of qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector within England.

The Workforce Development Fund is a contribution towards the cost of completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

What can the Workforce Development Fund be used for?

Employers can use the WDF to make a significant contribution towards the costs of workers’ completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), as well as university qualifications included in the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.

It can also be used to help fund the delivery of intermediate, advanced and higher level Apprenticeships in social care.

How much can you claim?

You can claim £15 per credit for eligible qualifications and units.

Below are some examples of what could be claimed:

You can claim a maximum of 60 credits per learner within a funding year.

List of Acceptable Units Table of Qualifications

Where to access the Workforce Development Fund

Workforce Development Funding is distributed to social care partnerships, below is a list of partnerships that you can access the funding:

Area Partnership Name Contact number
Eastern Essex Care Training Partnership 01702 547144
Eastern Suffolk Brokerage Ltd 01449 720400
Eastern Norfolk Workforce Development Partnership 01603 629211
Eastern Central Bedfordshire Employer Partnership 0300 300 4507
Eastern Cambridgeshire Care Training Network (CCTN) 01223 699319
Eastern Hertfordshire Workforce Development Funding Partnership (also covering Bedford) 01707 536020
Eastern Luton Training Partnership 01582 548306
London and the South East Hampshire Care Association 01329 281296
London and the South East Kent and Medway Workforce Development Partnership 0208 133 2839
London and the South East Bexley Care Qualifications Partnership 0208 133 2839
London and the South East City & East London HSC Partnership 020 7364 2035
London and the South East Thames Valley Workforce Development Partnership 01865 849782
London and the South East South East London Learning for Care Partnership 0208 133 2839
London and the South East SW London WDF Partnership 020 8439 7789
London and the South East Surrey and South East Workforce Development Fund Partnership 0208 541 8068
London and the South East Berkshire Skills for Care WDF Partnership 0118 9613714
London and the South East Greenwich Workforce Development Partnership 0208 133 2839
London and the South East North East London Learning & Development Partnership 020 8708 5341
North West London (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) Skills for Care (Direct Access) 0113 2411205
North Central London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington) Skills for Care (Direct Access) 0113 2411205
Midlands Solihull Workforce In Care Development Association (SWICDA) Ltd 0789 605 0984
Midlands Optimum Workforce Leadership 0115 9774288
Midlands Black Country Partnership for Care 01902 551083
Midlands Warwickshire County Council – Market Facilitation 01926 743002
Midlands ACT – Herefordshire & Worcestershire 01905 420715
Midlands Care Workforce Development Partnership 01743 860011
Midlands Coventry Cares Learning Network 02476 785360
Midlands CareMatch Staffordshire County Council 01785 355795
Midlands The Staffordshire Association of Registered Care Providers  (SARP) 01785 760070
Midlands bcda Learning and Development service 0121 464 1326
Midlands Lincolnshire Social Care Employers Workforce Development Group 01522 550663
Midlands Leicestershire Care Providers 0116 305 7438
Midlands Northamptonshire Skills for Care Group 01604 366040
North West Care Sector Alliance Cumbria 01539 564227
North West Trafford, Salford, Manchester & Bolton Care Consortium
(Contact Ann Marie Jones via Age UK Trafford)
0161 746 9754
North West Greater Merseyside (Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens) and Cheshire East/West Partnership 0151 270 1703
North West Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership (also covering Blackburn, Blackpool and Bury) 01772 761855
North West Stockport, Oldham Rochdale and Tameside Alliance 0161 342 3029
North West Warrington Borough Council 01925 442702
North West Wigan Employer Led Partnership 01942 818569
South West Wiltshire and Swindon Care Skills Partnership 01249 804372
South West (Somerset and Devon) Care Focus (South West) CIC 01823 274627
South West Partners in Care 01202 205847
South West Cornwall Adult Social Care Learning Partnership (CASC) 01208 831283
South West (Bristol, B&NES, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire) Skills for Care (Direct Access) 0117 9733 695
Yorkshire & Humber North Lincolnshire Training Consortium 01427 752309
Yorkshire & Humber Tyne and Wear Care Alliance 0191 5484015
Yorkshire & Humber Leeds Care Association 0113 2873490
Yorkshire & Humber The Social Care Development Partnership (South Yorkshire) 01226 775657
Yorkshire & Humber Care Alliance for Workforce Development (CAWD) 01723 502411
Yorkshire & Humber Leeds Adult Social Services 0113 2477918
Yorkshire & Humber TransPennine Care Network 0114 247 7221
North East North East Adult Social Care Centre of Excellence 0191 4333563
Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton on Tees) Skills for Care (Direct Access) 0113 2411205
Durham Skills for Care (Direct Access) 0113 2411205
Northumberland Skills for Care (Direct Access) 0113 2411205