Workforce Development Fund

Funding for qualifications

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a new Workforce Development Funding (WDF) contract with Skills for Care.

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, funding can now be claimed towards the cost of social care qualifications and non-accredited learning programmes completed between 1st January 2018 and 31st March 2019. Up to a maximum of £1,200 can be claimed per learner per funding year (April to March).  Learn more about what is available to claim through WDF.

How to claim

If you have never claimed funding before

1. Complete your NMDS-SC (National Minimum Data Set for Social Care). For more information, or help with completing NMDS-SC, please read the Skills for Care guidance page. Alternatively, please email nmds-support@skillsforcare.org.uk or call 0845 873 0129.

2. Email your completed Members Declaration Form to leighannreed@hcpa.info.

3. Email your completed HCPA Payment and Claim Form, along with a copy of your employees qualification certificate to leighannreed@hcpa.info. Please note: QCF certificates must also include a summary of the units achieved.

4. HCPA will review your claim; contacting you about any issues. HCPA will then submit all accurate claims to Skills for Care and pay you funding if the claim was successful. Please note: Skills for Care pay out once per month, this may result in HCPA not receiving your funding for up to 8 weeks, depending on the date your claim is submitted.

If you have claimed funding before

1. Complete your NMDS-SC (National Minimum Data Set for Social Care). For more information, or help with completing NMDS-SC, please read the Skills for Care guidance page. Alternatively, please email nmds-support@skillsforcare.org.uk or call 0845 873 0129.

2. Email your completed HCPA Payment and Claim Form, along with a copy of your employees qualification certificate to leighannreed@hcpa.info. Please note: QCF certificates must also include a summary of the units achieved.

3. HCPA will review your claim; contacting you about any issues. HCPA will then submit all accurate claims to Skills for Care and pay you funding if the claim was successful. Please note: Skills for Care pay out once per month, this may result in HCPA not receiving your funding for up to 8 weeks, depending on the date your claim is submitted.

Claiming for WDF is slightly different this year

Learn more about the 2 main changes

Due to the introduction of the Regulated Qualifications Framework in 2017 and the new apprenticeships standards introduced to comply with Government reforms, a number of changes have been made to the way the WDF is disbursed. 

The two main changes are that:

1. Funding is now claimed for completed qualifications or non-accredited learning programmes and is evidenced by a copy of the learner’s certificate.

Completed qualifications certificates need to include:

  • Candidate name
  • Candidate registration number
  • Unique learner number
  • Name of qualification and qualification number as per the list of funded qualifications and learning programmes
  • The date of issue of the certificate must be between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2019
  • Name of the awarding organisation
  • Name of the learning provider or centre number
  • QCF certificates must include the breakdown of units completed.

 

Non-accredited Learning programmes certificates need to include:

 

2. A maximum of £1,200 can be claimed per learner per funding year. Funding years run from 1 April to 31 March. Below are some examples of what could be claimed:

 

  • 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 and Social Care and Children and 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

Why have we moved to electronic forms?

We believe electronic forms will provide you with a more efficient service

 

  • Claims will be processed faster
  • Claims will be more accurate, resulting in less rejections
  • Evidence will not get lost in the post
  • Prevents duplication of claims
  • You will recieve a proof of reciept

Please note

HCPA want to support members when claiming, however, claims can only be processed if the information submitted is accurate and complete.  Your claim may be delayed if inaccurate or incomplete information is sent to us, this may even result in non-payment.

HCPA cannot guarantee funding claims as they are approved by Skills for Care prior to any funding being released to HCPA.  Funding is limited and may be used up prior to the 31st March 2019. Providers should always ensure they have the funds to cover the cost of the qualification or learning activity. 



Important information if you are claiming WDF for qualifications that are already funded?
WDF is a contribution to the cost of employees completing vocational qualifications and learning programmes from Skills for Care’s list of acceptble units. This funding allows employers  to claim from more than one source, for example the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) or the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

There are some important points to note

  • Where employers are claiming from more than one source of public funding, or Appreticeship levy, they must ensure that they do not claim the same cost from more than one source e.g. if the course fee has been covered from one source of public funding, or paid by the Apprenticeship levy, it cannot be claimed via WDF.
  • It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that they do not claim more funding than the cost to them of the employees undertaking training. Direct costs such as course fees, employees’ salaries and backfill if required (i.e. wage replacement costs) can be included for this fund. Cost must be incurred before WDF is claimed.
  • Employers must ensure that they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claim they make.
If you have any questions or would like more information about Workforce Development Funding call us on 01707 536020