Information for employers
Equip new and existing talent with our fast-track Social Worker Integrated Degree Apprenticeship: a cost-effective way to develop social workers for your authority.
Backed by Social Work England, the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship supports the development of social work skills across a wide range of settings, including services for adults, children and families, and mental health. Your authority will have the opportunity to develop your Social Work provision by supporting the progression and retention of existing employees or attracting new recruits to expanding social work teams.
The apprenticeship is ideal for new and existing social care support staff who have the potential to take on greater challenges and responsibility as qualified social workers.
“We have a long established positive working partnership with ARU enabling us to deliver high quality support to social work students and social workers throughout their careers. We are excited to see how the apprenticeship develops.”Jan Williams
Team Manager, Essex County Council
“Apprentices have found the teaching engaging, interesting and challenging. They have found the course has challenged their preconceived ideas and helped them understand the journey they are beginning.”Wendy Brown
Learning and Development Lead, Thurrock Council
Our programme is aligned to both the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the Apprenticeship Standard, and to the Professional Standards of Proficiency with Social Work England. It supports the development of social work skills across a wide range of settings, including services for adults, children and families, and mental health.
The course combines online learning and activities from sector specialists and practitioners, with a series of face-to-face workshops from our academic team. This blend of online and face-to-face learning fosters a collaborative and supportive programme, augmented by online discussions, student blogs and critical reflection and analysis under the guidance of experienced tutors. 20% of their learning will be classed as ‘off the job’, which means that they'll be learning during normal working hours either in their place of work or outside – but not part of their normal working duties.
As an employer your authority sets out the person specifications for the role, but the apprentice will need to meet our entry requirements to be accepted onto the course. You can view the full entry requirements on our apprentice course page.
Our team of dedicated consultants can talk you through the detail.
Our dedicated apprenticeship team is on hand to help you attract the best candidates for your organisation. We can help with:
Our consultants will also be happy to support you in determining the suitability of the candidates you receive.