Workforce Development Fund 2017/18.

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications. Please note changes will be taking place that impact on the Workforce Development Fund for 2018/19.  There are changes taking place to learning and development within the Adult Social Care sector.  Specifically the moves from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and from apprenticeship Frameworks to apprenticeship standards that have been implemented by the government.  These changes will have some implications for the Workforce Development Fund from the 2018/2019 funding year.  We will update further once we receive more information.

WDF pays a contribution of £15 per QCF credit, with a maximum of 60 credits per learner per funding year.

To become a partner and access NMDS you must register and have an NMDS number this can be done via or you can ring the help desk on 0845 873 0129

Or alternatively for further information and to become a partner through the Leeds Care Association, please contact Samantha Hoops on 0113 2873490.

Workforce Development Fund 2017/18 List of Acceptable Units

There are over 400 units eligible for funding that make up adult social care qualifications.  A list of eligible units is available at

Here are some examples of what could be claimed:

Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) (46credits) – up to £690

Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (58 credits) – up to £870.

Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (inimum 70 Credits) – up to £1,050*

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, adult pathways (minimum 80 credits) – up to £1,200*

Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (12 credits) – up to £180.

* Please note – a maximum  of 60 credits per learner, per funding year can be claimed so qualifications larger than 60 credits will need to be claimed over more than one funding year.  funding years run from 1 April to 31 March.

For a list of funded adult social care qualifications visit :

or alternatively contact Samantha Hoops at the Leeds Care Association for more information.

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