Social work apprenticeship

We've supported a trailblazer group of employers and universities to develop an apprenticeship for the occupation of social worker. 

The apprentice will achieve a degree as part of the programme and will be assessed at the end, with the result graded. This apprenticeship was accepted by the professional regulator at the time, HCPC, and by the current regulator, Social Work England.

Read the standard and assessment plan published by the Institute for Apprenticeships

Key points

  • The apprentice will achieve a degree in social work whilst gaining 'on-the-job' experience to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviour required to be a competent social worker.
  • A minimum of 20% of the apprentices paid working hours must be spent in off-the-job training.
  • There aren't any formal entry criteria.
  • The training will typically take 36 months.
  • Levy paying organisations will be able to use their apprenticeship levy to fund the social worker apprenticeship training and end-point assessment cost.
  • Non-levy organisations will pay 5% of the agreed cost, with the Government paying the rest (if the total cost is no more than the government-assigned cap).
  • The apprentice will be assessed at the end of their training. The end-point tests will form the final point of their degree.

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Practice educator

We've also developed some guidance with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) about the implications of engaging a Practice Educator as part of a Social Work apprenticeship.

Click here to read the guidance.

Need any help?

If you want any specific support on apprenticeships please get in touch.