Family Support Apprentice

7 days left

Location
Warwickshire County Wide
Salary
£16139.88 per annum
Posted
22 Jul 2021
Closes
09 Aug 2021
Job Ref
RA0002542
Job Type
Apprenticeship
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

About Us and the Role

 

We are looking for someone who is committed, enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people in Warwickshire. We are offering six Family Support Apprentice roles in different teams across the county:

3 x positions in the Children in Care Support Service – one in each of Nuneaton, Rugby, and Warwick

2 x positions in the Strengthening Families Service – one in each of Rugby and Warwick

1 x position in Safeguarding and Support – based in Nuneaton

As a Family Support Apprentice, you’ll work within Warwickshire’s Children’s Service, assisting Family Support Workers and Social Workers by working in a supportive and strengths-based way to achieve the best possible outcome for children and families. Working as part of a multi-agency team, you’ll support parents, children, and young people to make positive life changes.

For more information about each role, please see the job descriptions below.

Children in Care Support Service Job Description

Strengthening Families Service Job Description

Safeguarding and Support Job Description

The Family Support Apprenticeship is an apprenticeship we have used to great success at Warwickshire County Council for several years now. It is a brilliant way for someone of no prior experience in a care facing role to enter the profession, learning from experienced social care professionals, gaining a nationally recognized qualification and crucially, applying the skills and knowledge gained for real. This is the first step on a career pathway that has been followed by numerous past apprentices who have completed and progressed into Family Support Worker roles or similar. This position could even be the first step towards eventually becoming a Social Worker, via further study (subject to having at least two years prior experience) on the Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship.

About WCC Children and Families Service

At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work with children and families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions.  Our work contributes to our wider County Council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone.  It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve. 

If you’re someone who wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage, and purpose, then we want you to work with us.

Throughout 2020 we continued to look to the future and build on our programme of change and investment in the service.... Covid hasn’t stopped us!

It has helped us shape and develop a focus on wellbeing, utilising technology, opening opportunities for career development and renewed our focus on reflective and supportive leadership.  These are the backbone to our offer to our workforce.

WCC invested in Microsoft technology in 2020 including the use of Surface Pros and MS365 suite which has enabled our workforce to seamlessly transition to community and homeworking.  We have a whole council commitment to flexible working and employee wellbeing.  We nurture, support, and challenge each other to achieve the best outcomes for all our children. 

WCC is an authority that engages with innovation. We are a financially secure local authority and want to achieve an outstanding service for children. To this end we have received £21m investment programme over four years to implement new and creative ways of working with children. This funding is from both the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationships and evidenced based practice. 

We are introducing the Leeds Family Values model which includes increasing Family Group Conferences, providing more support for Special Guardians and a Caring Dads Programme. We are also implementing Multi-Disciplinary ways of working, which is focussed on embedding adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse services in our teams.

We also have a new Children’s Workforce Academy to further support our staff and managers develop. All of our practice is underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice. 

We’re building something very special in Warwickshire.  A community of practice – with diverse thought, skills, and experiences. Working for every child to create a Child Friendly Warwickshire. 

The apprenticeship

The training provider for this Children, Young People and Families Practitioner apprenticeship is University College Birmingham. This is a higher apprenticeship (Level 4). Upon completion you will be awarded the Certificate in Higher Education in working with Children Young People and Families.

Link to course details:

https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/courses/apprenticeships/children-young-people-and-families-practitioner-apprenticeship-level-4/

 

Please be aware that as part of this apprenticeship you will be required to attend some face to face workshops in Birmingham throughout the programme, providing Covid restrictions do not prevent this. Costs of travel to Birmingham for training delivery will be reimbursed.

Locations

The roles advertised are based at one of each of the following locations:

Children in Care Support Service

  • 55 Clifton Rd, Rugby CV21 3QE
  • Myton Park, Myton Lane, Warwick, CV34 6PX
  • Hilary Road Centre, Hilary RoadNuneaton, CV10 9AD

Strengthening Families Service

  • Myton Park Centre, Myton Ln, Warwick CV34 6PX
  • Oakfield Park, 32 Bilton Road, Rugby, CV22 7AL 

 

Children’s Safeguarding and Support

  • Hilary Road Centre, Hilary RoadNuneaton, CV10 9AD

Within your application, please make it clear if you wish to be considered for any specific location e.g. Nuneaton, Rugby, or Warwick.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure. 

 

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Jaeger Email: lorrainejaeger@warwickshire.gov.uk

 

Closing date: Monday, 9th August 2021

 

Interview date: 18th, 19th, 20th of August 2021

 

To apply for this vacancy please click on the 'Apply' button.
 
Our method of application is online, please note, CV’s should not been submitted unless asked to do so. 

 
If you are unable to apply using the 'Apply' button please contact the Recruitment Centre on hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk including your contact details and any relevant screenshots.
 
You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email on a regular basis after submitting your application. 

  

As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification. 

  

Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact hrandpayroll@warwickshire.gov.uk  and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements. 

  

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.

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