Individual employer funding with Skills for Care

If you employ your own care and support using a direct payment from health or social care, or your own money, you can apply for money for training.

Skills for Care individual employer funding could help you if you employ your own care and support.

The money can be used to pay for:

  • Training to develop the skills of your personal assistants and to improve your knowledge as an employer.
  • Direct cost of training and qualifications, travel costs and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA is attending training.
  • Different types of training like moving and assisting, first aid, communication, dementia awareness, diabetes awareness, risk assessments, skills for employers, and qualifications.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021 and any training that you would like funded must be started by 31 March 2021.

Examples of how others have used the funding include: Perveen Ahmad applied for funding to pay for a tailored package of training for her PAs, including nutrition and hydration, moving and handling and mental health awareness.

Perveen says: “None of this would have been achievable without Skills for Care funding.”

Ella McCance applied for funding to pay for her team of PAs to do the Care Certificate and other training including equality and diversity, Mental Capacity Act and person centred care planning. She told Skills for Care: “The training has helped my PAs to be more confident and knowledgeable about my specific care needs.”

Visit the Skills for Care website to find out more about the funding and how to apply, where you’ll also find a detailed guidance document.

If you have any questions or need help with the application form you can email: or call: 0113 241 1275

Additionally, you can view this FAQ document.

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