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Warrington Borough Council will be holding two events in July to showcase opportunities for people to join its social work apprenticeship programme.

The events – one of which will be in person, the other one online – will provide information about the apprenticeships on offer in both children’s and adult social care services at the council.

The apprenticeships are nationally recognised professional qualifications, and social work apprentices are paid whilst also learning new skills to help them progress in their roles and careers. The events hosted by the council will offer further information about what it is like to be a social work apprentice in Warrington, with advice available to help prepare people to apply for the apprenticeship roles.

The events are as follows:

The apprenticeships are available for anyone who has at least two years’ experience of working in a health and social care or community setting, and have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English language and maths. 

Jen, who recently completed the social work apprenticeship role at the council, said: “If social work is a field you’re interested in entering, this is by far the best pathway. You are able to learn and educate yourself, while also putting into practice what you learn. You will receive your salary and benefits that come with working for the council whilst also getting your professional qualification. Warrington Council is a really supportive environment with a great management structure that really do want their workforce to progress and grow.”

Warrington Borough Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Cathy Mitchell, said: “The role of a social worker can be varied and challenging. It includes going out to visit people, working alongside individuals and their families to assess and review their situation and plan their support, providing advice and guidance, and making decisions about the best course of action for a particular person or family.

“The council is committed to nurturing a first-class workforce that is equipped to offer the right support to our residents and families. If you are interested in a career in social work, the apprenticeships are an excellent route in.

“The apprenticeship roles could be the perfect platform for you to forge a rewarding career in the sector and I’d encourage anyone considering applying to attend either one of the events to find out more.”

Numbers are limited for the in-person event at Time Square. If you are interested in attending this session, please email professionalandworkforcedevelopment@warrington.gov.uk by Monday 11 July.