Workforce Development Fund

The Care & Support West WDF Partnership (CSW WDFP) is now the main access to Workforce Development funding in the South West (primarily Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) and is being administered by Care and Support West. Karen Holley will be your main point of contact at C&SW and her role is to help you to access funding. There is well over £100,000 available!

You can contact Karen by completing this FORM; or if you want to talk then her contact details are: Tel: 07540458119 E-mail: karen.holley@careandsupportwest.com

The table below shows the period for which you can claim; any training completed by your staff since January 2019 is eligible and once you have registered, you have until the end of February to prepare your documentation and to complete your ASC-DS! Karen can help you to assess, prepare and collate your evidence.

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*1: Training must be within the qualifying list and accredited by a qualifying body. The list is below

*2: You can access the Declaration Form below. It is a PDF so you will need to print, complete and either scan to e-mail or post back to Karen. Please note you are classed as a ‘Member’ of the partnership: Our official name is the Care & Support West WDF Partnership

*3: The new ASC-DS database (replacing NMDS) is not yet ready; we are working with the team there to make sure that we can help you with this as much as possible. You can see the data requirements below; once you register with them you will get a reference number which you need for the Declaration and the Claim Submission.

WHAT CAN BE FUNDED?

You can claim funding towards the cost of qualifications and learning programmes completed between 1 January 2019 and the 31 March 2020. This includes money towards the cost of course fees (or employer contributions) and associated costs such as: employees’ salaries whilst they are undertaking training; coaching and mentoring costs; venue costs for the training; wage replacement costs.

All costs must be incurred before WDF is claimed and employers must ensure that they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claim they make.

Employers can claim from more than one source of public funding but you must ensure that you aren’t claiming the same cost from more than one source. For example, if the course fee has been covered from one source of public funding, or paid for by the apprenticeship levy, it cannot be claimed via WDF.

For more information about Skills for Care Funding for training here.