Skills for Care individual employer funding

People who employ their own care and support staff (individual employers) can apply for funding from Skills for Care to cover the full cost of care related training for both themselves and their personal assistants.

In addition, as part of a pilot project in 2015, funding is also available to personal health budget (PHB) holders employing PAs; see funding for PHB holders below.

Whilst Skills for Care does not directly arrange the training, we can fund courses and qualifications that meets the learning needs of the individual employer and/or their personal assistant(s). The training must be started by 31 March 2016.

If an application is successful, we will usually notify the individual employer within 30 days and arrange payment directly into their bank account.

  • A leaflet about the funding can be downloaded here or copies can be requested via email.
  • Examples of the courses and qualifications we have helped to fund can be found here.
  • You can read stories of how other employers have used their funding here.
  • If you have any questions please call 0113 241 1275 or email

More information and useful resources about employing your own care and support staff can be found on the information hub for individual employers and personal assistants.

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3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EW
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