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Funding for training opportunities

Training staff can be expensive, but highly trained staff who can deliver a good quality of care are essential for enabling our population to live independent, safe and fulfilling lives across Herefordshire. There are opportunities to reduce the costs of training by applying for funding.

Some organisations that offer or assist with funding applications are listed here.

Workforce Development Fund

If you’re an adult social care employer in England, you can claim the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications and learning programmes. The funding is from the Department of Health and Social Care and is disbursed by Skills for Care. Using this limited pot of money, you can claim back a contribution towards the costs you directly incur from employees completing health and social care qualifications and learning programmes between 1st January 2018 to 31st March 2019. These costs include:

  • Costs of course fees
  • Employee’ salaries whilst undertaking training, coaching or mentoring courses
  • Venue costs
  • Wage replacement costs This can also include costs associated with apprenticeships! You can claim up to £1,200 per an employee in each funding year (1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019).

Examples of what can be claimed include:

  •  Level 2 Diploma in Care: £690
  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care: £870
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care: £1,050
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, adult pathways: £1,200

For more information and to claim click here 

Nurse Associate training

Organiser: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainable and Transformation Programme

Although applications for the April/May 2018 cohort have closed, if you have talented and committed healthcare support workers/healthcare assistants who have the potential and deserve the opportunity to train for a nurse associate role, contact Ally Middleton or Liz Faulkner to express your interest for the future. In 2017, they supported 58 trainees to commence the two year nurse associate training programme. 

For more information, see previous flyer

ACT support with the National Minimum Data set for Social Care

The National Minimum Data set for Social Care is the key to attracting funding for training in the sector. It needs to be completed in order to access Workforce Development Funding

ACT can offer support by visiting your place of work to check your compliance and help you become eligible for funding. They also help with the process of funding claims and advise on other sources of funding where appropriate.

For more information on how ACT can support you with your National Minimum Dataset, please call 01905 420 715 or email

If you have applied for funding through an organisation not listed here, please contact Hannah Blower. This will help Herefordshire care providers to have as much information as possible for funded training opportunities and ensure our social care workforce get the training opportunities they deserve.

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