Workforce Development Funding 2017/2018

Funded by SFC 4c - EPS (High Res)This webpage is an introduction to WDF for potential, new and existing ARC WDF Partners.

Association for Real Change is contracted by Skills for Care to disburse the Workforce Development Funding (WDF).

ARC is a National Lead Partner – we can process claims for organisations anywhere in the country.

WDF is a fund from the Department of Health, disseminated by Skills for Care to support Adult Social Care providers in England with the cost of units achieved from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), RQF and Learning Programme certification.  Health & Social Care providers can make a claim towards the costs of qualifications being undertaken by your adult social care staff.  Up to a maximum of £900 per learner per funding year.

To join a WDF partnership you will need to: complete four simple Partnership documents; fully complete your NMDS-SC details; have employees who are working towards qualifications or endorsed learning programmes.

For QCF units, funding is applied for as the learner achieves units. These must be signed and dated by the Internal Verifier between 1st January 2017 and 31st March 2018, and must not have been claimed in a previous funding year. Information on how to claim funding for RQF qualifications and Lead to Succeed Programmes can be accessed on our FAQ’s.

The maximum claim for each learner within the funding year is 60 credits (£900). The credit value from Skills for Care is £15.00 per credit which is a contribution towards the cost of training, the fund is limited and not guaranteed.

For WDF 2017/18 establishments will need to update their NMDS on or after 1st April 2017 and achieve eligibility, then eligibility will remain for the whole grant period, as long as the NMDS-SC account is not closed during this period. WDF can only be claimed for learners through the establishment where they work.  Units cannot be processed for funding until your NMDS has been completed or updated.

To find out more about becoming an ARC WDF Partner, please refer to our Processes, Guidance and Documentation section.

Our frequently asked questions page provides comprehensive guidance which answers the most common queries from our Partners.

If you are working in conjunction with a Learning Provider, and been asked by them to register your requirements to become a Partner with ARC WDF our FAQ’s will be of specific interest to you.

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