Workforce Development Fund

Workforce Development Funding 2020/21 is on its way!

We are currently busy updating the forms ready for your claims, full instructions on how to claim will be available soon.  In the meantime, please contact  who will be able to help you prepare to claim during this interim period.

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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 2020 and 31st March 2021. 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.

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 2020 and March 31st 2021*. 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