Training funding available for adult social care employers

Training fundingTraining funding is available to put towards the costs of local authority employees completing the Level 5 Certificate in Fundamental Knowledge in Commissioning for Wellbeing (RQF). 

The funding is being made available from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF), and is designed to help cover the costs of local authority employees completing adult social care qualifications, units and learning programmes. 

Employers can claim back a contribution towards the costs of employees completing the relevant qualifications, units, apprenticeships and learning programmes. Employers who directly incur costs for learning and development, such as course fees, can access the WDF to reclaim a contribution towards these costs.

Employees must have job roles that primarily undertake direct commissioning of adult social care services.

A list of the funded qualifications is available here

The WDF is disbursed by Skills for Care (SfC), and is available until 29 September 2017. 

If you are a learning providerlarge national organisation (1000+ employees) or an employer led partnership, please visit the appropriate page for more information and to apply. 

You can also read more about how the WDF has helped others.

To apply
There are different ways to access the training funding depending on your location:

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Two new qualifications to support care sector leaders

Health and Social Care QualificationsTwo new qualifications to support the training and development of current and future care sector leaders have been launched.

Developed by Highfield Qualifications and approved by Skills for Care, the qualifications are the most up to date in the sector that cover the principles of leadership and management for adult care, and the principles of commissioning for wellbeing.

The HABC Level 5 Certificate in Principles of Commissioning for Wellbeing (RQF) supports those for whom commissioning is part of their job role, and introduces the principles to new commissioners, enabling more experienced wellbeing professionals to review and update their knowledge. Although aimed at those who commission adult care and support services, it can be contextualised to support commissioners in health, housing and children’s care. It is the first of a suite of commissioning qualifications planned by Skills for Care.

The HABC Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) covers the knowledge and understanding needed to allow learners to move into higher level training, thus bridging the gap between level 3 and level 5 qualifications.  It aligns with the Management Induction Standards (2016) and covers areas such as communication, safeguarding, professional development, regulatory processes and performance management.

Jason Sprenger, the Highfield Chief Executive said, ‘Supporting the development and training of current and future leaders in the care sector is paramount if it is to have the skilled individuals it needs to deliver services in an increasingly challenging environment. These are the most up-to-date additions to a suite of qualifications that focus on the principles of commissioning for wellbeing and the principles of leadership and management for adult care, and have been developed to a Skills for Care specification’.

For more information, go to, phone 0845 2260350 or 01302 363277, or email