Social Work Traineeship Scheme (Adults Social Care)

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There are two routes available to you – the BA or MA courses offered by the Open University – please see below

Bachelor of Arts (BA) programme

We are offering a number of Opportunities for the Traineeship Scheme to gain a Social Work qualification linked to the Open University.  We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated social care staff already employed within Adult Social Care.

You will need to:

  • have current or previous work experience that involves direct  contact with people seeking support in social care
  • meet the entry requirements of the Open University Degree
  • demonstrate how you have sought and taken  opportunities to  further your own development
  • have the support of your immediate Line Manager and your Centre Manager, Community Services Manager, or Resource Manager, as you will remain in your substantive post during the course of the degree and will need to be released for study time and to complete placements.

The BA course begins in October 2019.  Sponsorship is available on the basis that the qualification will be completed in three years.

The Open University are also offering a Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Social Work beginning in January 2020. 

This is a new initiative – a 17-month intensive programme including two practice learning placements.  It is highly advisable to attend the Information session on 9 May 2019 (please see below), so that we can answer your queries.

Please ensure you apply for the route you prefer, demonstrating in your application that you are able to meet the specific requirements of the programme you have identified.

Please follow links below to find out more information about degree content, entry requirements and timelines.

Devon County Council will pay half of the course fees, provide placement time and appropriate learning opportunities. To support your studies DCC will also help with study leave.     Candidates will be expected to work for Devon County Council for two years following qualification.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Janice Healey at or 01392 383840 to obtain an application pack with information on how to apply.  We are also holding an Information session on 9 May 2019, 1100 – 1300, Sargent Room, County Hall.  If you are interested in this, please register your interest with Janice Healey.

Application cut-off date will be 5pm Monday, 20 May 2019.  Interviews will take place in the week beginning 3 and 10 June 2019.  We will take up references from your manager.

Should you have further queries regarding Social Work career path, please contact Vicki Baker ( or 07968623836.

Please follow the links below to obtain more information about the programme.

BA Honours – Social Work England

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Request a copy of Health and Social Care Prospectus 2019/2020

MA Programme

Useful Links


Vicki Baker
Team Manager Workforce Development

Janice Healey, Workforce Development Administrator

01392 383840