Skills for Care has resumed its Workforce Development Fund (WDF) after it was temporarily frozen.
The WDF, which supports the development of social care staff, was suspended after funding was diverted to train new staff coming into the sector.
Skills for Care told CHP sister title Home Care Insight the WDF was now open again after positive discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care.
It said the fund has launched three weeks later than it did in 2019, but employers can still claim for funded qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules their staff have completed from January 1, 2020.
The fund, which Skills for Care distributes on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, helped 2,795 establishments support 14,441 learners in 2018-19.
Skills for Care CEO, Oonagh Smyth, (pictured) said: “The WDF is an important source of funding to employers to support the learning and development needs of their workforce, as they deal with the added pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, with budgets stretched further than ever before.
The enhanced funding for leadership and management will help the sector prepare to meet future needs, to effectively support the workforce and make sure people can access high quality care and support.”
Skills for Care said the 2020-21 WDF would continue to focus on key sector priorities, including enhanced funding for completion of leadership and management qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.
Employers can also claim enhanced funding for four listed apprenticeship standards – the Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Lead Practitioner in Adult Care and Leader in Adult Care.
You can view the full list of funded qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/wdfquals
For more information about the WDF and how to apply visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/wdf