Accessing Funding Support

Accessing Funding Support – Information for Employers

Where appropriate we will access the right sources of government funding to make whatever we deliver to you as cost effective as possible.

As an experienced and high quality provider of delivery through initiatives such as Apprenticeship Training and Work Place Learning, we can offer government funding to help you improve your employees’ skills, whatever the size of your business or your market sector.

Take a look below for further details of what is on offer.

Full funding for:

  • Skills for Life (at all levels).
  • First Full Level 2 Qualifications (equivalent to 5 GCSEs).
  • First Level 3 Qualification (equivalent to 2 A-levels) for 19-24 year olds (reducing to 19-23 years in due course).
  • Some First Level 4 Qualifications for 19-24 year olds who don’t already have a Level 3 (reducing to 19-23 years in due course).
  • Some funding for people who already have qualifications at Level 2 and 16 to 18 year old Apprenticeships

Shared investment (part / co-funding) between you and government for:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (qualifications at all levels).
  • Apprenticeships.
  • Support towards the costs of Leadership & Management Development, for Businesses with up to 250 employees(including initiatives such as the GrowthAccelator programme).
  • For Care Providers: Reclaiming training costs incurred from the Work-force Development Funding – Training Strategy Implementation Fund (TSI) Funding.(This is specific to certain sectors & qualifications).

During these difficult times, government funding availability is frequently changing, so it is worthwhile getting in touch to see what is available for your specific needs.

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Growth Accelerator programme for Leadership and  Management funding

The Growth Accelerator programme is a new initiative helping England’s brightest businesses achieve their ambition and potential. The government is investing nearly £200 million in GrowthAccelerator, because the evidence is clear that fast growing small businesses generate a very high proportion of economic growth and jobs in the UK.

The aim of GrowthAccelerator (previously known as Business Coaching for Growth) is to increase the number of small businesses that achieve rapid growth. It will help small businesses with potential, overcome barriers to growth and make a significant contribution to our ambition of a private sector-led recovery.

Delivered by the private sector for the private sector, GrowthAccelerator provides ‘high growth potential small businesses’ with the know-how and the ability to achieve sustainable growth. Proven business experts work with business leaders to tackle issues such as:

  • Developing & Delivering a Tailored Growth Strategy.
  • Becoming Investment Ready & Securing Finance.
  • Commercialising Innovation Effectively.
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability.

Growth Accelerator also connects clients with trusted sources of business advice locally. For example, UK Trade & Investment, Business Incubators and Specialist Professional Service Firms, as well as investor and business networks.

Growth Accelerator is delivered across England by leading national business advice specialists’ organisations along with a range of specialist local partners. It has an impressive team of coaches that have a track record of delivering successful growth in SME’s of all sizes and in all sectors and regions.

Growth Accelerator is available only for companies with genuine potential for rapid and sustainable growth. Businesses with the capacity, commitment and intent to double turnover or employment within three years.

The package of support can incorporate:

  • Coaching of Senior Management Teams.
  • Access to Business & Knowledge Networks.
  • Fast Track Access to Trusted Sources of Specialist Advice & Support such as the Technology Strategy Board & UK Trade & Investment

In 2012/13 the popular programme, Leadership & Management Advisory Service (LMAS) was allined with the Growth Accelator programme. The LMAS provides government support to develop the Leadership & Management skills of senior leaders.

To be eligible, your business must be in England & have:

  • Two to 249 full-time equivalent employees.
  • The potential for high or fast growth.

For general enquiries about the Workforce Development Fund, and information about the ways  Skills for Care can support you please contact:

If  eligible, you will receive:

  • A free assessment from a skills adviser to identify the Leadership & Management Development required by the nominated leader. (The adviser will then agree with the leader on a development plan).
  • A government grant of up to £1,000 for use on Leadership & Management training. (You will have to match the amount of this grant e.g. to receive a grant of £500 your business will have to contribute £500 of its own money).

For specific information on this programme and to put your organisation forward for the subsidy please

For general routine enquires please contact us on:0121 707 0550or email:

Workforce Development Fund 2012-13

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is a funding stream from the Department of Health disseminated by Skills for Care via a network of organisations and employer led partnerships.

Its aim is to support the achievement of qualification units and continuing professional development of staff across the adult social care sector in England.

Pathway and its divisions being a recognised training provider can signpost employers to this source of funding if we are delivering units from the list of acceptable units for 2012/2013. You can reclaim £15 per credit for qualifications on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) units and £80 per unit for National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) units.

Below are some examples of what could be claimed:

  • QCF Units which relate to the Common Induction Standards (24 Credits): Up to £360.
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Minimum of 46 Credits): Up to £690.
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care (Minimum of 58 Credits): Up to £870.
  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care & Children & Young People’s Services (Minimum of 80 Credits): Up to £1200.
  • Level 2 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (12 Credits): Up to £180
  • Level 3 Certificate in Stroke Care Management (26 Credits): Up to £390

Once a learner has completed an eligible unit, the training provider will sign off a completed QCF / NVQ unit summary sheet in full to enable the employer to claim the funding.

Note: The employer will not receive any funds without this.

Employers  can make claims for WDF to support the cost of course fees (or employer  contributions) and for associated costs, such as employees’ salaries while they  are undertaking training, coaching and mentoring costs, venue costs for the  training and if required backfill (wage replacement costs).

Please be aware that the Workforce Development Fund is a contribution to the cost of employees undertaking vocational qualifications from the list of acceptable units. This funding allows employers to claim from more than one source, for example via a training provider under the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) or the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding if the individual is deemed eligible.

There are  some important points to note:

  • Employers cannot make a profit from their employees undertaking training.
  • Where employers are claiming from more than one source of public funding they must ensure that they do not claim the same cost from more than one source.
  • It is an employers’ responsibility to ensure that they do not claim more funding than the cost to them of employees undertaking training but direct costs such as course fees, employees’ salaries & backfill if required (i.e. wage replacement costs) can be included for this fund.
  • Employers must ensure that they have records in place to evidence the costs of any funding claims they make.

To access the funding employers must meet certain criteria:

  • You must be an adult social care employer operating in England.
  • You must join a WDF Partnership: This has traditionally been the local authority run care development associations such as BCDA Learning & Development Service, Black Country Partnership for Care, Solihull Work-force in Care Development Association, Staffordshire Association of Registered Care Providers, Leicestershire Care  Providers, North London Care Partnership etc.
  • You must  have a National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) account, which has  been fully completed or updated in line with the requirements for funding  between the advised dates. To set up a free account visit: