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. We are currently finalising contract procedures and will be able to start processing claims from 27th July.

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim a maximum of £1,200 towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications and non-accredited learning programmes.

WDF has changed this year

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. View all available units


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

How can you claim through HCPA? 

We are still finalising the claims process.  The new process will be displayed here from the 27th July.

Please note

Although HCPA want to support our members to claim it is important to note that HCPA can only process claims 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, claims 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 that they have the funds to cover the cost of the qualification or learning activity. 

If you have never claimed funding before

1. Email your completed Members Declaration Form to

2. Complete your NMDS-SC (National Minimum Data Set for Social Care)

3. Join Hertfordshire Workforce Development Partnership. For adult social care employees in Hertfordshire. Simply fill in a Member Declaration Form and return to

4. Claim for completed units, qualifications and learning programmes. When your employees have completed eligible units, submit the evidence

·         Unit summary sheets provided by your learning provider, or equivalent (e.g. e-portfolio sheets).


·         Qualification certificates plus the following pages that identify what units have been completed

Via email: via post: Leigh Ann Reed, HCPA, Attimore Barns, Ridgeway, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 2AD


5. Receive Payment from Hertfordshire Workforce Development Partnership.

HCPA cannot guarantee funding and funding is paid retrospectively. Please ensure your organisation can cover the full cost of any training prior to engaging on a qualification.

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