The Workforce Development Fund

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If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications.

What is the Workforce Development Fund?


The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health which is disbursed by Skills for Care.  It’s a limited pot of money which funds qualification units and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.

You can apply if you are an adult social care employer operating in England and you can claim for units and qualifications completed between 01 January 2016 and 31 March 2017.  You can claim WDF towards the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and associated costs, such as employees’ salaries whilst they are undertaking training, coaching and mentoring costs, venue costs for the training and wage replacement costs.

There are over 400 units eligible for funding that make up adult social care qualifications.  A list of eligible units is available on the Skills for Care website by following this direct link.

WDF pays a contribution of £15 per QCF credit, with a maximum of 60 credits per learner per funding year.  How much you can claim back will depend on the qualification, the units selected and how many credits make up those units.

A list of funded adult social care qualifications is available on the Skills for Care website using this direct link.

If you’re not already on the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) then you’ll need to set up an account.  The NMDS-SC is an online data collection for the whole adult social care workforce and sector.

Visit for more information and how to get started.


Here at regis we manage a national partnership that has been awarded a grant from Skills for Care through the Workforce Development Fund. This partnership has come together as a group of adult social care employers and has collectively submitted a successful request for this funding. If you would like to be a member of this partnership and potentially access and benefit from these funds we would be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact our Funding Manager Rachel Swanton for further / Tel:  01243 558006