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This is a funding stream from the Department of Health distributed by Skills for Care, which LSCDG have previously successfully managed for over 10 years.

Employers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can use the WDF to make a significant contribution towards the costs of worker’s vocational learning

The WDF supports the provision of high quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules. 

To claim funding, an organisation must provide an adult social care service and directly employ care staff within England.

An overview of how you can become eligible for WDF, how to make a claim for it and the terms employers will be bound by when accessing the fund can be found here:

WDF-leaflet (PDF, 803 KB)


ASC-WDS Account

You’ll need your Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) account number to complete your declaration form. If you haven’t got an ASC-WDS account you’ll need to set one up. Find out how to create an account.

To claim WDF for your organisation you must complete or update both the workplace record and 90% of your staff records in your ASC-WDS account(s) on or after 1 April 2023 and by 31 March 2024.

Review the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set requirements for the Workforce Development Fund 2023-24 to see the full information which you need to complete.

Making a claim from the WDF

Once your learner has completed their qualification, learning programme or digital learning module, complete the employer claim submission form and submit this with a copy of the learner’s certificate(s) to your partnership.
Employer claim submission form

Learner certificates

The evidence requirement to claim funding is a copy of the learner’s certificate and is issued following completion of the learning. Learner certificates must contain the following information:

Qualification certificates, including the apprenticeship diploma certificate

  • date of issue of the certificate – this must be between 1 January 2023 and 31 March 2024
  • name of the awarding organisation
  • name of the learning provider or centre number.


Final apprenticeship certificate

Please note: the certificate must be issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)

  • candidate name
  • unique learner number
  • name of apprenticeship
  • apprenticeship code – this can be written on the certificate


Learning programme certificates

  • date of issue of the certificate – this must be between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2024
  • name of endorsed learning provider.


Digital learning modules

  • candidate name
  • date of birth
  • name of digital module

The final date LSCDG can accept claims will be Friday 22nd March 2024, however do not leave claims till this date as funding is minimal and leaving claims till the last day will mean you may not get funds as they get depleted very quickly.

If you would like to discuss this funding with someone then please contact

you have any queries or need any support, please do contact LSCDG :

Melanie Jurkowski on 0116 3054530


Nazir Hussein or call on 0116 3057363

or email