We operate a bilingual policy. All applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Trainee Social Workers

Closing date: 25/02/2024

Reference: REQ105200

37 hours / Fixed-Term

26,421 - 28,282 *


*All salary values are pro-rata.

About the role

Do you have the potential to work with people at the most vulnerable times of their lives?

Interested in training to become a Social Worker and earning while you learn?

Social Workers in our Through Age Wellbeing Services work to protect, advocate on behalf of and support children, young people and adults. It’s a professional, challenging yet rewarding job that needs dedicated people. 

We are looking for individuals with a passion for working with and on behalf of the residents of Ceredigion and are offering the opportunity to earn while you learn, on fixed term traineeship for up to 3 years, to achieve a professional qualification.

Our offer to you

Hosted by a social work team 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 exchange for your skills and commitment we will also offer you a range of employee benefits including flexible working, competitive annual leave allowance, pension scheme with 14.6% employer contribution, enhanced family benefits, lifestyle savings and employee health and wellbeing support. More information about our wide-ranging employee benefits can be found here.

We also believe work-life balance is very important. To support you in achieving this, you will have access to the following discretionary benefits:

  • Hybrid Working: you may choose to work from home or in an office location.
  • Flexi-time: Hours may be worked within a defined bandwidth, Monday to Friday, subject to service needs.

More information
An online information session will be held via Microsoft Teams for interested applicants on: Friday 9 February 10am – 11am

To book your place on this session, please email Dysgu@Ceredigion.gov.uk

You will receive an email confirmation of your booking and joining invites will be sent out the day before the session.

For more information please see our guidance document and visit the Open University website.

Job Description and Person Specification

Selection Process:

Applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview during the week commencing 11 March 2024.

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

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and adults at risk. As part of this commitment, certain roles within our organisation require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to assess the suitability of candidates. This role will require an Enhanced DBS check. Please note that the presence of previous convictions will not necessarily disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. We assess each applicant on a case-by-case basis, and take into account the nature and relevance of any convictions in relation to the responsibilities of the role. Our goal is to create an inclusive and supportive work environment where all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact us for clarification. Your privacy and dignity are of utmost importance to us throughout the recruitment process.

What we offer

Work-life balance

Lifestyle savings scheme

Generous employer pension scheme

Cycle to work scheme

Learning and development

Where you'll work

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