Frequently Asked Questions

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You must be registered with an employer partnership and NMDS compliant for 90% of your staff group. Visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/accessingWDF13-14 for more information.

If you are a member of an employer partnership, and NMDS compliant you can claim funding from the Workforce Development Fund for staff who complete approved units.Your training provider will have to provide evidence to help you with this.

Some of the programmes such as Dementia Care and Preparing to Work In Adult Social care, are made up of units from the list of QCF units approved for Skills for Care Workforce development funding. This means they can provide evidence towards completion of other award/certificate/diploma programmes. This is to cover backfill costs and time spent on training. Other courses map across to the Skills for Care approved units but they are not a direct match. Your training provider will be able to provide advice.

Training providers get no funding if the learner does not complete the course, so a withdrawal fee is charged to cover the up-front costs incurred (admin, induction and workbook) the training provider incurs, which they can’t recoup if you don’t complete the course.

This is to make a viable group for an induction. Inductors often have to travel some distance to do the induction, and a group of 8 learners is need to cover costs. Some of our colleges and providers do offer postal/telephone inductions but we find learners who have a face to face induction tend to get off to a better start, so we encourage learners to attend a group session wherever possible.

No. But you can progress quickly onto another course once all assessments have been completed, returned and assessed by the training provider. If you are on a Diploma programme you can do a distance learning course as long you can realistically complete it in the time allowed. Once you have finished your programme contact us to apply for other courses.

Most VRQs are completed in between 8 and 12 weeks depending on the size of the course. Learners will be issued with 1, 2 or 3 workbooks and assessments which they complete and post back to the training provider for assessment. Some providers also offer on line assessment.

As the courses are government funded, learners need to have lived in the EU for the last 3 years for purposes other than study and be over 19 on 1st September 2013 (DOB before 31/08/1994), and have recourse to public funds to access the courses. Non EU citizens will have to provide evidence of this to the training provider to secure a place (passport and visa evidence).