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Workforce Development Fund

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) disseminated by Skills for Care.

The 2022-23 Workforce Development Fund is not yet open for applications. Sign up to eNews, our fortnightly e-bulletin, where we’ll announce when the fund is open.

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) supports the provision of high quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. 

To claim funding an organisation must provide an adult social care service and directly employ care staff within England.

 

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

An independent evaluation of the funding found that employers who contributed to the evaluation said that the quality of care they provide has improved as a direct consequence of the WDF.

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.

 

Key sector priority

In 2022-23 WDF will continue to provide additional support to registered managers and frontline managers as this is key to providing quality care and supporting the workforce. Enhanced funding will continue to be available for the completion of leadership and management qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

 

What can be funded

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Find out which qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules can be funded through WDF.

 

Applications

The 2022-23 Workforce Development Fund is not yet open for applications. Sign up to eNews, our fortnightly e-bulletin, where we’ll announce when the fund is open.

It's important to note that organisations accessing funding must meet the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for WDF. Please read the requirements to check if you're eligible to apply.

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Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for accessing WDF.

How the WDF has helped others

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