Workforce Development Fund (WDF)

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) 2017/18 is a funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care. It focuses on the achievement of qualification units 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 fund can only be utilised by adult social care providers that employ social care staff within England.

Funding is calculated on the credit size of the unit for the Qualifications and Credit Framework - in 2017 to 2018 a credit will be funded at £15.00.

Please note that in any one funding year, the maximum number of credits that can be claimed for any learner will be 60.

Depending on the qualification and the units selected and how many credits make up those units, you can possibly claim;

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

WDF pays a contribution of £15 per QCF credit, with a maximum of 60 credits per learner per funding year. How much you can claim back will depend on the qualification, the units selected and how many credits make up those units. Learning programmes and RQF qualifications are funded to the value advertised on completion.

Here are some examples of what could be claimed:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) (46 credits) - up to £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (58 credits) - up to £870
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (minimum 70 credits) - up to £1050*
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s
  • Services, adult pathways (minimum 80 credits) – up to £1200*
  • RQF Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Care - £400
  • ‘Lead to Succeed’ learning programme - £350

*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. 

As well as the above qualifications you can also claim for other units that are on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) please see the two lists below for more information on what you can claim for.


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.