Worcestershire County Council recently welcomed their first social work apprentices and offered them the chance to talk about their experience:
We are Justine and Jamie. We are social work apprentices and started our exciting journey back in March 2019.
Justine: "I have worked for Children’s Social Care with Worcestershire for the past 9 years. I have predominately worked with Looked After Children aged 16+. My current role is the Group Manager for Placements & Sufficiency which includes managing Residential Services, The Outreach Team, Placements Team and Fostering & Kinship. I really enjoy my job and wanted to further my knowledge and understanding so applied for the apprenticeship."
Jamie: "I have work in Adult Social Care for Worcestershire for the past 15 years. I started out as a care assistant in 2004 before becoming a social work support worker working in the Transitions Team. I've always wanted to gain my social work qualification to further my career and expand my knowledge."
We have found the course to be very engaging and enjoyable. It fits in with our day to day jobs and our employers have been very supportive and allowed us opportunities to progress and learn. The way the course is structured it fits in with work and personal life with minimal impact.
We have successfully passed our modules and direct observations. We have gained knowledge and have been able to use our learning within our roles and it has had a positive impact on peers and service users alike.
We are proud to be part of the first course that has been delivered in the way of a Social Work apprenticeship and we would recommend this opportunity to our peers.