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Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund 2019/20 (England Only)

We regret that there is no comparable funding by Skills for Care's equivalent bodies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We are pleased to announce that the 2019/20 Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is now open. 


Join UKHCA's WDF partnership

 

About the WDF 

As a reminder, the WDF allows care providers to reclaim staff training costs. It is funded by the Dept. of Health and Social Care and then disseminated by Skill for Care to approved partnerships. UKHCA operates one of these partnerships for the benefit of our members. In the previous funding year, UKHCA distributed £267,520 of funding to care providers.

How to claim and changes to the claim process

Please read the employer guidance as individual units can no longer be claimed and only whole awards can be submitted so please check the list of funded courses to ensure your claim is eligible.

 

We can only accept claims for funding if your ASC-WDS (NMDS-SC) information has been updated since 01/04/2019. If you require assistance please see the guidance on the WDF requirements for ASC-WDS (NMDS-SC) or contact them on 0113 241 0969.

 

Please note that claims received where the ASC-WDS (NMDS-SC) requirements have not been met will NOT be processed.

Please note

  • You will need to complete a cost summary sheet for each learner and submit this with the learners certificate (and the unit breakdown for level 5 QCF qualifications).
  • An Employer Claim Submission Form MUST be fully completed and sent with each batch of claims.
  • All certificates MUST have a completion date after 01/01/2019.
  • A fully completed cost summary sheet must be included with the claim evidence for each learner and a claim submission form must be included with each batch of claims.

Please see the Information for Employers leaflet for more details.


Skills for Care Workforce Development Fund 2018/19 (England Only)

Update re NMDS-SC and ASC-Workforce Data Set for WDF partnership leads and large national organisation grant holders.


At 5.30pm on 18 July 2019 the NMDS-SC will close. This will be followed by a period where we will be migrating everyone's data into the new service, Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data SetAll account holders have been emailed giving them a month's notice and a message has also been placed on the home page of NMDS-SC. We are also informing large organisations via their fortnightly newsletter.

We will start e-mailing account holders from 5 August 2019 to advise them that their ASC Workforce Data Set accounts are ready to be accessed and it is expected that this will happen in tranches over that week.  If you are speaking to employers, please reassure them that all their data will be migrated to the new service and we hope this short period of shut-down will not inconvenience them too much.

This means: 

  • There will not be full functionality for all users at the point of data migration.
  • Some users will not have access to everything that they currently have, such as some reports.
  • All ASC Workforce Data Set (NMDS-SC) account holders affected by the delay are being informed and we're clear with them about what they're able to do and what they won't immediately have access to.

There is a plan to continue development and to release functionality as it becomes available

At the date of release:

  • Register>Log in>Add workplace>edit workplace data
  • Add and update staff records>add training and qualifications data
  • See if they meet WDF eligibility 
  • Use bulk upload
  • See where training has expired or is due to expire

At the date of release:  Parent establishments will have all the functionality above and will be linked to all their workplace.

What does this mean for providers who want to access the Workforce Development Fund?

All their data will be migrated as above, and they will be able to access their accounts to see if they meet WDF eligibility from early August

They can still access their NMDS-SC accounts until 18 July *see timescales above* so they can either:

  • Update now, run their WDF reports and check if they are eligible for WDF; or
  • Wait until they receive the email in August, telling them all their data has been migrated to ASC Workforce Data Set, then update their data and check their eligibility for WDF by following the link on their home page.

We're asking you to encourage providers to begin to prepare their data, so it is ready for them to update, and to check the WDF eligibility requirements to make sure they have all the required information to hand. They can find the information about ASC Workforce Data Set requirements here.

The new service has been developed with users from every county in England, with feedback such as:

  • "That's all I really asked for, something that works and is easy to input through" - Training & Development Manager;
  • "It's simple and easy to understand, even my manager would be able to do it" - Deputy Manager;
  • "It's quite self-explanatory. It flows really well. It's easy to do" - Deputy Manager.

We have worked with 150+care providers for observations, interviews, testing, and workshops.

We have had 960+ responses to targeted survey-based information gathering.

We have 212 (currently) early adopters of the new ASC Workforce Data Set, with feedback such as:

  • "It is very easy. It explains itself all the way through with you" - Deputy Manager;
  • "It seems very easy so because of that, it shouldn't be hard work to maintain" - Director;
  • "It's a big improvement on the last one. You don't look at it and think "Oh no!"- Deputy Manager.

Please note

  • Please read the employer guidance as there have been a number of changes to the claim process for this years funding. Individual units can no longer be claimed and only whole awards can be submitted so please check the list of funded courses to ensure your claim is eligible.
  • We can only accept claims for funding if your NMDS information has been updated since 01/04/2018. If you require assistance please see the guidance on the WDF requirements for NMDS or contact them on 0845 873 0129 or nmds-support@skillsforcare.org.uk. Claims received where the NMDS requirements have not been met will NOT be processed.
  • Please complete a Cost Summary Sheet for each learner and submit this with the learners certificate (and the unit breakdown for QCF qualifications). An Employer Claim Submission Form MUST be fully completed and sent with each batch of claims.
  • All certificates MUST have a completion date after 01/01/2018.
  • A fully completed cost summary sheet must be included with the claim evidence for each learner and a claim submission form must be included with each batch of claims.
  • Please see the Information for Employers leaflet for more details.