Social Work Apprenticeship (Ref.3438)

  • Devon
  • Multiple Terms
  • £20,444 - £22,571per annum pro rata (pending the 2022 / 2023 pay award increase)

Fixed term, until August 2026

Full-time (37 hours) or part-time (30 hours) per week


Are you interested in starting a career as a Social Worker? Are you dedicated and have a passion to improve the lives of children and families in Devon? Then we have an excellent opportunity for you! 


We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join us as Social Work Apprentices in our Childrens & Families and Initial Response Teams across Devon, starting in February 2023.  


This is a fantastic opportunity to achieve a degree in Social Work whilst gaining ‘on the job’ experience to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified Social Worker. You will have the opportunity to access a wide range of learning opportunities within the programme.


We are looking for applicants who: 

  • Can evidence suitable academic ability i.e., GCSE Maths and English (Grade A-C or 9-4) or equivalent. Please note, to enrol onto the programme you must provide certificates to evidence these qualifications at interview stage.
  • Have direct and varied work experience within childrens and families and have the potential to take on the challenges and responsibility of a qualified Social Worker.
  • Are keen to learn and motivated to succeed. 
  • Are willing to provide excellent service to childrens and families in Devon. 

After successful completion of the Apprenticeship, you will gain a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work (England), which will enable you to apply for registration as a Social Worker with the regulatory body, Social Work England. Thereafter you will be supported to apply for progression to a Newly Qualified Social Worker role.  


The Apprenticeship course is run by the Open University. Please view the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship Candidate Briefing which provides you with an overview of the programme to enable you to make an informed decision on whether this is the right programme for you. 


If you have the ambition, drive, and qualities we are looking for, then please apply for our Social Work Apprenticeship Programme today! 


How to apply 

To apply for the Social Work Apprentice position, please click on the 'Apply Online' button at the bottom of the page and complete your application today!  


Please consider both the Person Specification and Professional Capability Framework, which requires prospective candidates to demonstrate awareness of social context for social work practice, awareness of self, ability to develop rapport and potential to develop relevant knowledge, skills, and values through professional training. For further information on the framework, please visit: BASW PCF - Point of entry to training


 If you are selected for interview, you will be required to complete a further supporting statement for the Open University.  


Our process

Closing date for applications: 21st August 2022 

Shortlisted candidates will need to attend a virtual assessment centre on 5th September 2022 for the initial group exercise and written test.

Interviews will be held from Tuesday 6th September – Friday 9th September 2022


A Social Work Degree Apprenticeship briefing will be held virtually on TEAMS - Thursday 11 August 2022 at 2:00pm – 3:30pm.


A representative from the Open University will provide guidance on the interview process and programme.

Please email to request a link.


Please see our attached Frequently Asked Questions which may be useful. 


For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please email 

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationDevon
  • Work Postcode


  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupSocial Care & HealthApprenticeships/Training Programmes/Work Experience

  • Salary Details

    £20,444 - £22,571per annum pro rata (pending the 2022 / 2023 pay award increase)

  • Job TermFixed
  • Appointment TypeFull TimeVariable HoursPart Time
  • Hours

    Up to 37 Hours Per Week

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required