Funding is available to Gloucestershire and West of England care providers that can be accessed through Care Learning for QCF qualifications which staff may have completed or are currently undergoing.
This funding covers the Health and Social Diplomas, Certificates and Awards at Level 2, 3, 5 and many more. The QCF End of Life and Dementia qualifications are also covered.
You can use or have used any training provider for QCF qualifications to claim this funding and this also includes apprenticeships. Even if there was no fee for the course then you can still claim associated costs for the training such as backfill.
All information on this fund can be found on the website www.carelearning.org.uk/wdf
What’s in it for my organisation?
WDF is a contribution towards the cost of completing units and qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), meaning you can claim back a proportion of the costs of your workers’ training. Funding is calculated on the credit size of QCF units – £15 per credit.
How much you can claim back will depend on the qualification, the units selected and how many credits make up those units. Below are some examples of what could be claimed:
- Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (minimum of 46 credits) – up to £690
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (minimum of 58 credits) – up to £870
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care (minimum of 80 credits) – up to £1200
- Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (12 credits) – up to £180
I am accessing free training through a learning provider – am I able to make a claim under the Workforce Development Fund?
‘Free’ training is available from learning providers where they are receiving funding from another body to cover the cost of training delivery, such as the Skills Funding Agency.
Where this is the case claims can still be made under WDF for associated costs, such as employees’ salaries while they are undertaking training, coaching and mentoring costs, venue costs for the training, cost of expert witness testimony and if required backfill (wage replacement costs). The overarching principle is that an employer is not making a profit from their employees undertaking training.
What evidence is required to make a claim?
We can now accept certificates with a list of the units completed (must be dated after 1st January 2013) OR the unit summary sheets for each unit (signed by the internal verifier after the 1st January 2013). Unit summary sheets can be obtained from your training provider or will be in the candidates portfolio in some cases.
What are the NMDS-SC (National Minimum Data Set for Social Care) requirements in relation to accessing WDF?
Recipients of the fund are required to ensure and confirm that the required fields within NMDS-SC are accurate and up-to-date in line with the eligibility criteria:
- An establishment must fully complete and update an NMDS-SC organisational record after 1 April 2013.
- The establishment must fully complete individual worker records for a minimum of 90% of its total workforce (this includes any staff who are not care-providing). These must be fully updated after 1 April 2013.
If you have an NMDS-SC account already then your information may just need updating!
For more information on the NMDS-SC please visit www.nmds-sc-online.org.uk or contact 0117 973 3695 for help meeting the criteria and completing your NMDS-SC.
Further help or questions?
Please contact Philip Mays on 0117 973 3695 or visit our website at www.carelearning.org.uk