How To Claim Funding For Training Your Staff

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health which is disbursed by Skills for Care.

This funding is a limited pot of money which funds qualifications, units and learning programmes to support the ongoing professional development of staff across adult social care in England. Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing health and social care QCF qualifications, units, apprenticeships and specified learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development, such as course fees, can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

Essex Care Training Partnership (a service provided by ECA) is currently the grant holder for the Workforce Development Fund across Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

What's in it for me?

WDF pays a contribution of £15 per QCF credit with a maximum of 60 credits per learner per year. For example:-

  • Completed level 2 Diploma = up to £690
  • Completed level 3 Diploma = up to £870
  • Completed level 5 Diploma = up to £1200 (over more than one funding year)

New Qualifications added for 2017/18:

  • The RQF Certificate in principles of leadership and management in adult care value £400
  • The non-accredited Lead to Succeed programme value £350

What People Say

We're a non profit making organisation and the funding allows us to invest in our staff to achieve qualifications. Without this funding we would struggle to provide training to our staff beyond the basic mandatory courses.

- EH Southend

How To Claim

For more information on how to claim, contact ECTP on 01268 565551 or email


How To Claim

For more information on how to claim, contact ECTP on 01268 565551 or email

What People Say

Having the opportunity to claim funding has been very beneficial for us. Having your team at the other end of the phone is a real bonus for me, when it comes to claiming I have always found ECTP so friendly and happy to help.

- EBC Clacton

WDF funding has ensured we are able to offer staff the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills. In turn this ensures we can provide a truly person centred, high level of care and support of our clients

- AC Frinton