Workforce Development Funding

With WDF you can claim back a significant amount of funding towards the cost of training staff.

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.

WDF enables care providers to claim back money for qualifications their staff members have completed or part-completed. Funded qualifications include Diplomas, Certificates and Awards in Health & Social Care, including Apprenticeships, and the Level 5 in Leadership for Health & Social Care.

How much can be claimed?

​Most funded qualifications are built up from individual units. Each unit  has a set credit value attached to it. WDF offers £15 per credit for eligible units completed or certificated between 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2018.

A maximum of 60 credits can be claimed per learner, each funding year. For qualifications larger than 60 credits providers gain maximum funding by claiming for units individually or in small groups over two funding years. Funding years run from 1 April to 31 March.

Some commonly claimed qualifications are:

  • The level 2 Diploma has 46 credits. Up to £690 could be claimed for this Diploma
  • The level 3 Diploma has 58 credits. Up to £870 could be claimed for this Diploma
  • The level 4 Diploma has 70 credits. Up to £1050 could be claimed for this Diploma
  • The level 5 Diploma usually has 80 credits. Up to £1,200 could be claimed for this Diploma
  • An Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship  has 79 credits (including all components). Up to £1,185 can be claimed for this Apprenticeship.

To see what you can claim for, download the list of funded qualifications and learning programmes and the list of acceptable units from the left hand side of the page.

New for 2017-18

  • The RQF Certificate in principles of leadership and management in adult care. Funding value: £400
  • The non-accredited Lead to Succeed programme. Funding value: £350

How do you claim?

There are 3 simple steps to claim:

  • Become a member of the Norfolk Workforce Development Partnership
  • Complete the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) for your organisation
  • Send N&SCS a Learner Record Form and evidence for the learner(s) you wish to claim for

Step 1: Join the Norfolk Workforce Development Partnership

All adult social care employers in Norfolk can join the Norfolk Workforce Development Partnership. Download and complete a Partnership Membership Form and a Service Level Agreement and send them to N&SCS.  These can be sent in the post or emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). A single set of forms completed by a parent company can cover groups of establishments. 

For exisiting partners a new Partnership Membership Form is not required, however a signed 2017/18 Service Level Agreement will be needed before you can claim.

Step 2: Complete your NMDS-SC

Employers must have updated their National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC) records at to the required level since 1st April 2017. Guidance documents can be found on the left hand side of this page.

Run the ‘my Workforce Development NMDS requirements’ report to confirm eligibility or highlight items not yet updated. Guidance on how to run this report is included within the NMDS-SC compliance guide.

If you are not sure how to complete the NMDS-SC, Skills for Care have produced a very useful e-guide to get you started. Click the image below to be taken to the guide.

If you are have any questions or need further advice then call the NMDS-SC Support Service on 0845 8730129 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Step 3: Claiming

You will need to send the following to N&SCS. These can be posted or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Learner Record Form

This is a cover sheet for the claim stating who the claim is for and what units or qualifications are being claimed. Guidance on how to complete the Learner Record Form can be found on the left. Or you can watch the screencast video HERE.


Certificates If the learner has completed the qualification you can send a copy of the certificate. For QCF qualifications this must include the page which lists the individual units achieved and being claimed for.

Unit Summary Sheets If you are claiming as the learner completes units (one or a few at a time) then a Unit Summary Sheet can be obtained from your learning provider. There are model ones on this page for your training provider can use, or they can use their own paperwork if it contains the necessary information. This must show that the units have been internally verified (IVd).

OneFile and other electronic systems Print out the page that confirms that the unit has been completed and internally verified (IVd).

Once you have sent your claim and evidence to N&SCS your claim will be processed and sent to Skills for Care. Any queries with the claim will be addressed with you before being forwarded. You will usually hear about your claim withing 1-2 weekes of receipot and receive the funding withing 4-6 weeks.

If you have any questions about claiming please call the N&SCS office and chat to Katy or Pete. We are very happy to talk you through the process.

Top Tips

  • When choosing a training provider, speak to them about how they will support you to claim WDF. Some training providers are more helpful than others. Make sure they will tell you the learner's Unique Learner Number (ULN), Learner Registration Number and Awarding Organisation. Ask how they will provide evidence that the learner has achieved each unit so that you want to claim as they complete units rather than wait until the end. Ask them if they will be willing to use the model Unit Summary Sheets.
  • When completing the Learner Record Form use Control+F on your keybord and search for the units - using the RITS code on the certificate or unit title. Then copy and paste the details into the LRF.

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Can we claim WDF even if we haven't paid anything to a training provider?

A. YES. WDF funding covers course fees (or 'employer contributions'), and associated costs, such as employees’ salaries while they are undertaking training, coaching and mentoring costs, venue costs for the training and wage replacement costs.


Q. My organisation pays the apprenticeship levy, can I make a claim under the Workforce Development Fund? 

A. The apprenticeship levy can only be used to pay training delivery and end-point assessment costs. It will be possible to claim WDF alongside the apprenticeship levy but it will not be possible to use the WDF towards training delivery and end-point assessment costs because the levy is used for that. The levy is a tax being applied by government so it would not be appropriate to allow public money to offset it. However, the WDF can be used towards the associated costs of training so for levy paying employers this is what the fund would be claimed towards. It is an employers' responsibility to ensure that they do not claim more funding than the cost to them of employees undertaking training but direct costs such as 20% off the job learning time, employees' salaries and backfill if required (i.e. wage replacement costs) can be included for this fund.  Employers must ensure that they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claims they make.

For a more detailed answer to this question see the FAQs document on the left hand side of this page.






























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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