How To Claim Funding For Training Your Staff

What is the Workforce Development Fund?

WDF 2021/22 is now open 

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) comes from the Department of Health and Social Care and is disseminated by Skills for Care.  It supports adult social care providers to claim back money towards the costs of staff completing a range of adult social care qualifications and learning programmes.  ECA has been awarded a WDF Grant for 2021.22 and distributes funding across Essex, Southend and Thurrock on behalf of Skills for Care.

 

What training can I claim for?

What can I Claim?

Training must be completed between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2022.  The fund can be claimed for money towards the costs of course fees and associated costs such as:

  • Costs of the 20% off the job learning for apprenticeships - this includes those providers who are Levy payers
  • Smaller awards and certificates within the RQF framework for Dementia, Autism, End of Life, Learning Disabilities, etc.
  • Staff salaries whilst undertaking training and/or wage replacement costs
  • Coaching and mentoring costs and/or venue costs for training

All costs must be incurred before WDF is claimed and employers must ensure they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claim they make. Please see list of funded qualifications below

What training can I claim for?

Supporting continual professional development for Registered Managers and Deputies remains a key priority for Skills for Care.  Please see the eligible training on:-

  • Digital Learning for Managers
  • Skills for Care Learning Programmes
  • Digital Learning for Care Certificate Assessors

Please see the Skills for Care list of Funded Qualifications and Learning Programmes 

Funded qualifications and learning programmes 2021-22 (skillsforcare.org.uk)

HOW DO I CLAIM? 

If You Have Never Claimed WDF Funding Before:

1.  Complete your ASC – Workforce Data Set (formerly NMDS.SC) For more information 

please click here 

2.  Email your completed Members Declaration Form and Letter of Agreement to ectp@essexcare.org.uk

3.  Email your completed Employers Claim Submission Formand Claim information sheet and a photocopy of your employee’s qualification certificate to ectp@essexcare.org.uk

4.  ECTP will review your application and submit all accurate claims to Skills for Care on your behalf.  You should be notified within 6 to 8 weeks if your claim has been successful.

 

If You Have Claimed WDF Previously

1.  Complete or update your ASC – Workforce Data Set (formerly NMDS.SC) For more information please click here 

2.  Email your completed Employers Claim Submission Form Claim information sheet and a photocopy of your employee’s qualification certificate to ectp@essexcare.org.uk

3.  ECTP will review your application and submit all accurate claims to Skills for Care on your behalf.  You should be notified within 6 to 8 weeks if your claim has been successful

IMPORTANT: All certificates must include the Skills for Care required information about the learner

For more information contact ectp@essexcare.org.uk or tel: 01268 565551 

 

What People Say

We're a non profit making organisation and the funding allows us to invest in our staff to achieve qualifications. Without this funding we would struggle to provide training to our staff beyond the basic mandatory courses.

- EH Southend

How To Claim

For more information on how to claim, contact ECTP on 01268 565551 or email

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How To Claim

For more information on how to claim, contact ECTP on 01268 565551 or email

What People Say

Having the opportunity to claim funding has been very beneficial for us. Having your team at the other end of the phone is a real bonus for me, when it comes to claiming I have always found ECTP so friendly and happy to help.

- EBC Clacton

WDF funding has ensured we are able to offer staff the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills. In turn this ensures we can provide a truly person centred, high level of care and support of our clients

- AC Frinton