Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) 2018/19 is a funding stream from the Department of Health and Social Care disseminated by Skills for Care. It focuses on the achievement of qualification and supports the ongoing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector. 

The fund is distributed by Skills for Care via ACT across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the Black Country. .

The Workforce Development Fund is available to all adult social care employers in England and can go towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications. This year’s fund will close in March 2019. There will be a number of changes to the 2018/19 fund that we need to tell you about.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has been withdrawn to make way for the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and there has been a move from the apprenticeship frameworks to apprenticeship standards, as implemented by the government. This means that there will be a few changes to the Workforce Development Fund for 2018/19 and these are outlined below.

  • Skills for Care will not fund all health and social care RQF qualifications so it is important to check the list of what will be funded before you commission any learning and development.
  • RQF focuses on the achievement of full qualifications, so in 2018/19 both QCF and RQF qualifications will be funded at qualification level only. This means individual units cannot be claimed and qualifications will be claimed when completed. Any learners who have already been registered for individual QCF units should complete them and you should ensure these are submitted in the current funding year to be claimed by 30 March 2018.
  • For all qualifications the evidence required to support claims will be a copy of the learner’s certificate, although for QCF qualifications this will still need to include the full unit breakdown. Unit summary sheets will not be accepted as evidence in 2018/19
  • 2018/19 will be the final year for claiming QCF qualifications. This means that if the qualification is not completed, certificated and claimed in 2018/19 it will not be funded through the Workforce Development Fund.
  • The 60 credit limit will no longer be in place in 2018/19, but will be replaced by a financial limit of £1,200 per learner, which allows the qualification with the highest funding value to be claimed for a learner within a single funding year..
  • If a learner has chosen to do a RQF qualification from the  2017/18 list but has not yet completed it, this can be claimed for in the 2018/19 funding year because the money is claimed on completion.

Any learner who has been registered for a qualification from 1 January 2018 onward will have been registered onto an RQF qualification. 

Documents links still to be updated following successful grant application 2018/19:

Employer Leaflet - download here

If you would like to access WDF you will need to,

The terms to which employers are bound by:

How WDF has helped others

WDF Infographic 

For more detailed information please visit

If you would like more information about claiming via ACT's employer-led partnership or would like to talk to someone about this funding please contact or call 01905420715

For detailed information about 2018/19 Workforce Development Funding please visit

ACT will update these pages following successful tender notification expected in April 2018 to enable you to claim funding in 2018/19.