Important: Coronavirus

We are committed to ensuring the safety of our communities and employees. In light of current circumstances, we have decided to suspend all shortlisting and interviewing activity. As a result of this decision, the application closing date for most of our jobs has been extended until 30 April 2020. There may be key jobs which are excluded from this arrangement to help support our ongoing response.

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Trainee Social Worker

Closing date: 30/04/2020

Reference: REQ102194

37 hours / Fixed-Term

21,589 - 23,369 *

Various Locations within Ceredigion

*All salary values are pro-rata.

About the role

We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to earn while you learn and achieve a professional qualification in social work. We are recruiting two Trainee Social Workers on a fixed-term, traineeship for 3 years. Upon successful completion of the traineeship you will be eligible to apply for qualified Social Worker positions within Ceredigion County Council.

It’s an exciting time to join Porth Ceredigion, our delivery model for social care services. We are implementing a transformational agenda which integrates our services and you will work with children, young people and adults on a through age basis.

Hosted by a team within our integrated social care delivery model and under the supervision of qualified and experienced social workers you will learn to undertake social work tasks. Alongside this you will be sponsored to undertake a degree in social work through our partnership with the Open University in Wales. 

Post qualifying you will be expected to remain in employment with Ceredigion County Council for a minimum of three years, in return you will receive:

  • from 26 up to 36 days annual leave days per year (plus 8 public holidays) (pro-rata)
  • flexible working arrangements, including time off for medical, dental and optician appointments
  • generous Local Government Pension Scheme
  • a range of learning and development opportunities
  • salary sacrifice schemes including the Cycle to Work scheme and Additional Voluntary Pension Contributions
  • health and wellbeing initiatives including discounted memberships to our local leisure centres, free and confidential counselling provision
  • life-style savings and Vectis card and much more

For more information please see the folllowing documents and visit the Open University website.

Recruitment Process:

Applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants will be invited to:

Stage One:

  • Written Exercise  and Group Discussion 

Applicants successful at stage one will be invited to Stage Two:

  • Interview and IT Test 

Note: We reserve the right to extend the application closing date. 

Safeguarding and protecting adults at risk and children are key priorities for us. We aim to support adults at risk, children and young people to ensure they are as safe as they can possibly be.  We acknowledge their right to protection and will take action to safeguard their welfare. Each member of staff and volunteer is expected to share this commitment, and we will require an Enhanced Check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly CRB before appointing to this post.

What we offer

Work-life balance

Lifestyle savings scheme

Generous employer pension scheme

Cycle to work scheme

Learning and development

Where you'll work

Porth Ceredigion – Targeted Intervention Services

We are at the core of Ceredigion’s through-age social care provision and we focus on ensuring that each individual receives the intervention that is best placed to meet their needs or, where necessary, guide them to early help or specialist services. Our functions include:
Porth Ceredigion Intake and Triage Team

  • Targeted Intervention Services
  • Fostering Services
  • Residential and Day Care Services
  • Housing Services
  • Integrated Community Equipment Stores
  • Emergency Duty Team