Workforce Development Funding 2018/19

Funded by SFC 4c - EPS (High Res)

What is WDF?

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 based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 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 Health & Social Care providers in England, towards the cost of learners achieving Qualifications from the List of funded qualifications and learning programmes. Potential funding per learner, per funding year is up to a maximum of £1,200.

WDF is a limited pot of money and is not guaranteed. Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care qualifications and learning programmes. The fund supports the continuing professional development of staff across adult social care in England.

You can join the ARC Partnership to access funding, overview:

  • you need to be an adult social care employer in England
  • you need to have an NMDS-SC account or have updated from 1st April 2018
  • to join a Partnership complete a member’s declaration form – details on joining the ARC Partnership
  • await acceptance by Skills for Care
  • complete an ARC claim form and attach copies of learner certificates
  • receive payment from ARC for approved claims

Overview of changes to WDF claims for the 2018/19 funding year:

  • Funding can only be claimed against final certification, no individual units will be accepted
  • Funding is only payable against the Funded Qualifications and Learning Programmes – April 18 document, not all qualifications are funded.
  • The Individual learner financial limit is up to £1,200 per funding year
  • Part funded QCF qualifications will be eligible for additional funding on learner achievement of the whole qualification. For example, you have already claimed funding (£360) for the 9 mandatory units within a level 2 diploma in health and social care, the total advertised funding value for completion is £690, therefore you will receive £330 (£690 – £360 = £330)
  • Evidence requirements are against unit breakdown and final certificates only, unit summary sheets etc. are no longer accepted
  • The 2018/19 funding year will be the last year where QCF qualifications are eligible for funding
  • Learners registered on qualifications since 1st January 2018 will have been registered for an RQF qualification

Here are some examples of what could be claimed on final certificate claims:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Care – £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care – £870
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care – £1,050
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children & Young People’s Services – adult pathways – £1,200
  • Level 5 Certificate of Fundamental Knowledge in Commissioning for Wellbeing – £300
  • Lead to Succeed learning programme – £350

The maximum claim for each learner within the funding year is up to a maximum of £1,200 and is a contribution towards the cost of training, the fund is limited and not guaranteed.

To find out more about becoming an ARC WDF Partner, please refer to our How to Join the ARC Partnership 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 Guidance and Documentation section will be of specific interest to you.

For more information please contact: