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HSC news: deadline for Workforce Development Fund (WDF) applications coming up

Published on January 17th, 2022

The 2021/22 Workforce Development Fund funding stream is closing soon, with final declaration forms to be submitted by 28th February 2022. The fund, which was released last year by the Department of Health, to be disbursed by Skills for Care, can be put toward a wide variety of courses and qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules completed between 1st January 2021 and 31st May 2022. It supports the development of staff at all levels of adult social care in England. This is just one example of where we can help you to tap into funding and navigate the application process. As a Health and Social Care (HSC) employer we can help you from application through to implementing and tracking the training – we’re with you every step of the way.


Act now to submit applications for 2021/22 funding!

To apply you will need to complete the following time-sensitive actions:

  • Fill in and submit a declaration form before 28th February 2022
  • Ensure that your learner completes an eligible qualification or learning programme between 1st January 2021 and 31st March 2022
  • Ensure your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) account meets WDF requirements by 31st March 2022
  • Submit your claim to Skills for Care by 31st May 2022


Who is eligible to apply for the Workforce Development Funding?

You must be an adult social care employer in England (if you are an HSC employer in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, please get in touch to learn how we can help you to apply for other available funding).


Which qualifications are covered?

A range of essential courses and qualifications are covered by the WDF – the full list can be found here

Some of  of these courses and qualifications can be completed by your staff via our flexible and easy to use system EdgeWorks™ Care Academy. Our digital-first approach allows you to remain in control, with reporting and progress monitoring available at the touch of a button – it takes the guesswork out of managing your staffs’ training and saves a huge amount of time and money.


Packages that save you time and money from EdgeWorks

As a Skills for Care Endorsed Provider, we at EdgeWorks™ can help you to apply for the WDF – as well as set your employees on their way to gaining the skills, qualifications and certifications they need to do their jobs as best they can and of course remain compliant – via our digital first learning platform EdgeWorks™ Care Academy. Not only that, but we can create bespoke training packages that include your essential onboarding and induction training at no extra cost, as part of our funded training packages.


Get in touch with
EdgeWorks™

Why not get in touch for a chat about how we can help you to progress your staff AND take the headache out of recruiting, onboarding and training your staff. Packages from EdgeWorks™ that mean you can tap in on funding such as WDF and train your staff whilst knowing you’re fully compliant.


We’re here to help.