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 £1,500 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 Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) (formerly NMDS-SC (National Minimum Data Set for Social Care)). For more information, or help with completing ASC-WDS. 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 leighannreed@hcpa.info and ask for an up-to-date version of the HCPA Payment and Claim Form. Once filled in, send it back along with a copy of your employees qualification certificate.

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 successfulPlease 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 Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) (formerly NMDS-SC (National Minimum Data Set for Social Care)). For more information, or help with completing ASC-WDS. 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. 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.

Why are we using 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 receive a proof of receipt

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 claimed for claims dated between January 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020*. Providers should always ensure they have the funds to cover the cost of the qualification or learning activity.

*Subject to date extensions from Skills for Care

 



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