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For large national organisations who are Workforce Development Fund (WDF) grant holders.

There are a few simple steps you'll need to follow and below you'll find some useful tips to help you complete each step.


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Take a look at our guidance for accessing the Workforce Development Fund

Registering subsidiaries

New grant holders need to complete the organisation declaration form before you can access the WDF. Grant holders who accessed WDF as a large national organisation directly from Ƶ in the previous financial year don’t need to complete a new declaration form unless they are linking new workplaces to their grant.  


Complete your ASC-WDS data

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 2024 and by 31 March 2025. 

Review the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set requirements for the Workforce Development Fund 2024-25 to see the full information which you need to complete.

Set up or log-in to a ASC-WDS account


Making a claim

Once you’re ready to claim, you’ll need to complete your claim form and a grant holder claims submission form for every claim made and submit your completed forms to us by 31 March 2025.

Find out which qualifications and apprenticeships can be claimed. To be funded qualifications and apprenticeships must have started on or before 31 March 2024 and must complete by 31 March 2025.

The evidence requirement to claim funding is a copy of the learner’s certificate and is issued following completion of the learning.


Qualification certificates and apprenticeship diploma certificate

The learner certificates must include the following information:

  • date of issue of the certificate - this must be between 1 January 2024 and 31 March 2025

  • 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


As an employer, you’re responsible for maintaining a clear audit trail of funding received and spent. We recommend you keep evidence of learning and development funded through WDF as you may be asked to confirm details.

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To support you with WDF we have put together this guide on everything you need to know about claiming WDF.


Claims deadlines 2024-25

Funding claims need to be submitted in line with the grant deadlines:

  • 20% of funding claimed by 30 September 2024
  • 40% of funding claimed by 29 November 2024
  • 60% of funding by 31 January 2025
  • 100% of funding claimed by 31 March 2025. 


Download the FAQs from grant holders