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Social Work Apprenticeship Degree

Written by: Coventry City Council
Published on: 13 Sep 2023

Social Work Apprenticeship Degree - Coventry City Council

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Over the recent years, to meet the increased demand in social care, the routes to becoming a qualified social worker have increased and varied to include the Social Work (SW) Apprenticeship Degree. The SW Apprentice Degree is a three-year course, and the focus is on both academic and practice development.

The first cohort of Coventry City Council apprentices started in 2019 and graduated last year and are now proud to celebrate the achievements of the 2020 cohort who have just graduated (July 2023).

Sarb Bhambra, Principal Social Worker Children and Family, said, “It is fantastic to see our second group of apprentices qualify from their social work training and join the Social Work Academy. It has been a challenging three years, but they have remained positive, focused and dedicated throughout. I must also acknowledge the huge support that our apprentices receive from their teams, managers and wider council in supporting such valuable career development opportunities – thank you. I am looking forward to seeing the apprentices progress through their social work careers. Well done, all."

Karun Jackson, one of the graduating apprentices, said, "I absolutely loved my role as a Children and Family Worker, so when the opportunity came along to do the apprenticeship in Social Work, I was keen to apply and was lucky enough to be offered a place. It has been an interesting journey through which I have been extremely well supported by Coventry City Council, the team in which I worked, and the practice educator. I am so very proud that I have successfully reached the end and am now embarking on my first year as a newly qualified social worker. The saying, ’You’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do’ could not resonate anymore right now! Thank you Coventry City Council!"

Andrew Errington Head of Safeguarding, Practice Development and PSW, said, "The Social Work Apprenticeship Degree opens up an amazing opportunity for those already employed to gain a social work qualification. I am immensely proud to see a second cohort graduating – well done, all." 

Helen Higgins shares her Social Work degree apprenticeship journey and gratitude, and said, ”I am very fortunate to have been a part of the Social Work Apprenticeship Degree and would like to thank Coventry City Council and Coventry University for their support throughout the three years. It has been an incredible journey and an enjoyable experience. There have been challenges and sacrifices along the way, but they have all been worthwhile. I am extremely proud of my achievements and am grateful for the help and support I have received along the way. I now look forward to my future development as a qualified Social Worker.”

Andy Hyland, Workforce Planning and Early Careers Lead said,"As with our first cohort, these apprentices experienced the additional challenges of studying through various lockdowns while completing an already demanding apprenticeship. The apprentices have risen to each challenge and should be extremely proud of their achievements. I wish them every success as they start their journey as Social Workers.”

The Adults and Children’s Senior Management Team and colleagues have passed on their huge congratulations to all. We are so proud of your achievement, and it was great to see you enjoy your graduation ceremony.

If you want to be part of a great social care family and build your career, find out more about apprenticeship opportunities on at Coventry City Council on their future talent webpage.

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