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Individual employer funding is now open: apply for money for training

Posted on Monday 3rd July 2017

We’re pleased to announce that the individual employer fund is now open.

Individuals who employ their own personal assistants (PAs) (also known as individual employers) can apply for funding to pay for training for themselves and their staff.

If you work for an organisation that supports individual employers and PAs, please help us spread the word; download this leaflet or email us to request printed copies.

Who can apply?

If you receive a direct payment from your local authority or use your own money to employ your own PAs, you can apply for this funding.

What can the funding pay for?

Individual employers can apply for a wide range of training and qualifications for themselves and their PAs, including:

  • first aid
  • health and safety
  • communication skills
  • being a good employer/boss
  • condition specific training such as dementia, epilepsy, autism awareness
  • British Sign Language
  • Health and Social Care Diplomas.

The money can also pay for travel costs and the cost of hiring a replacement PA.

You can read about what others have used the funding for here.

Apply now

Find out more about the funding and download the application form and guidance.

You can also email us or call 0113 241 1275.

Applications close on 28 February 2018 and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis; so make sure you don’t leave it until the last minute.


Help us spread the word

We want as many people as possible to benefit from the money available. If you work for an organisation that supports individual employers and PAs, please help us spread the word. Download this leaflet or email us to request printed copies. You can also download this website or newsletter article to promote through your channels.

Training can really make a difference: don’t miss out!

Last year over 600 PAs and their employers benefited from training through the fund.

One of these was Jean who supports her daughter Augustina to employ a team of PAs. She applied for funding to develop the skills of the team and to develop her own skills as a Care Certificate assessor. She told us:

“The biggest thing for me was that their confidence grew, and this has made a big difference to how they support my daughter. The standard of care has gone up and this is something I constantly work on to achieve.”

Find more training in your local area

These user led organisations have been awarded funding to deliver training for individual employers and PAs during 2017-18. If you’d like to access any of the training please contact them directly using the contact details provided.


A chance to shine: enter the Skills for Care Accolades

If you’re an individual employer who’s committed to the learning and development of your PAs, enter our Accolades for the chance to win this award and celebrate the great work you do.

If you know of any individual employers doing a great job with their PAs, then either nominate them for the Accolades 2018 or encourage them to enter themselves. Visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Accolades.