Skills for Care

Learn how other have used the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) to help make improvements to their organisation and workforce.

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Our WDF 2020-21 statistics shows who claimed the money from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) in 2020-21 and what they claimed for.

You can also download our statistics for the previous funds: 
2014-15 I 2015-16 I 2016-17 I 2017-18 I 2018-19 I 2019-20 


A recent independent evaluation of the funding found that almost without exception, employers who contributed to the evaluation said that the quality of care they provide has improved as a direct consequence of the Workforce Development Fund.

Large proportions of employers also reported that they can more effectively meet the specialist or personalised needs of the people who receive their care and support, that the WDF has helped them to address skills gaps and that staff morale has improved.

See how others have used the Workforce Development Fund to develop the skills of their workers in these case studies:

  • Thorndene 
    Used the money to maintain the standards and quality of service offered at this private residential care home.
  • Rocklee Limited 
    Used the money to develop and maintain the team’s professional development for the benefit of its residents.
  • Hazelwell Lodge 
    Used the WDF to address skill gaps and to improve access to higher level social care roles through specialist training, with the aim of providing residents with improved care.
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) 
    Used the WDF to support the development of its staff and volunteers and to contribute towards a stretched annual training budget.
  • Creative Support 
    Used the money to develop a national workforce that has experienced phenomenal growth over the last few years.
  • Bluebird Care 
    National provider that used the money to support the ongoing professional development of its staff to maintain and improve the quality of care and support.