home  >  Funding  >  Workforce Development Funding

Workforce Development Funding

sb-careWorkforce Development Funding (WDF) can be claimed by care providers to support the funding of health and social care qualifications that are part of the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF/RQF). QCF/RQF qualifications include diplomas, certificates and awards in health and social care and health and social care apprenticeships.

The current funding level for 2017/18 is £15 per credit. QCF/RQF qualifications are made up of a varying number of credits. There is a cap of 60 credits (£900) per learner for each funding year. WDF can be claimed even if you have not had to pay a training provider. Please click here for a list of qualifications and their credit/funding value for 2017/18

Capping levels 2017/18

The capping levels have been set as follows:

QCF/RQF credits have an organisation cap of 500 per organisation per year. This includes all establishments owned by groups that are within Suffolk and not per NMDS registered establishment.

Please note that, for each learner, only 60 QCF/RQF credits can be claimed in any one financial year. It is therefore important to work with your training provider to ensure credit claims are submitted throughout the qualifications and not all at the end.

How to access Workforce Development Funding

To be eligible to claim WDF you must first of all follow these steps:

Join the Suffolk Brokerage Partnership. Each year the Suffolk Brokerage bids for WDF on behalf of “The Partnership”. The Partnership is made up of a group of care providers. In order to access WDF care providers must formally join the partnership by completing a Members Declaration Form and sending it to the team at The Suffolk Brokerage. There is no cost to this. For organisations with more than one care service, only one declaration form must be completed and the separate services must then be listed on the additional pages of the form.

Click here for the 2017/18 Members Declaration Form

Complete and update National Minimum Dataset for Social Care (NMDS-SC). The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) is an online workforce data collection system for the social care sector. It’s the leading source of robust workforce intelligence for adult social care. In order to be eligible to claim WDF providers must firstly register their organisation on NMDS-SC and ensure it is completed and up to date each financial year.

To access NMDS-SC click here   

Skills for Care has produced lots of information and guidance to help providers complete NMDS and this can be found on their website by clicking here 

If you have queries about your NMDS-SC or need help and guidance to complete it, there is a helpdesk for you to contact. Call 0845 8730129 or email nmds-support@skillsforcare.org.uk

Accessing funding

sb-trainingThere are two ways in which you can access WDF through the Suffolk Brokerage, either ring-fenced at the start of the qualification or on an ad hoc basis.

Ring-fenced funding

Funding for QCF/RQF qualifications can be applied for in advance and the funding ring-fenced. To ensure ring-fenced funding is distributed effectively providers choosing this option will be give timescales in which their learners must complete some or all of their qualification to ensure ring – fenced status is maintained. Providers must send claims to the Suffolk Brokerage throughout the year as learners complete units.

Ad-hoc funding

Providers who do not wish to ring-fence funding can submit claims to us throughout the year. Ad hoc funding is processed on a first come first served basis and accordance with the policy below:

In the situation where more units are claimed for than we have allocation to pay, we will prioritise to ensure fairness. The following list is in order of priority:

  • Providers who have registered with us at the start of the year advising us of their training requirements and who have ring-fenced their funding will be paid first
  • Providers whose ring- fenced candidates have met their unit completion dates will be given priority over late units
  • Employers who have already claimed up to the capping level in any financial year will not be paid for further units/ credits unless our total allocation for funding has not been spent.
  • Claims sent in on an ad hoc basis will be considered at key points throughout the year and again at the end of the funding year on a first come first served basis

We will always discuss any problems in hitting unit deadlines and, where there are special circumstances, we will make exceptions on an individual basis.