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Stoke-on-Trent City Council celebrating achievements of homegrown social work talent

Published: Friday, 19th January 2024

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Children and Family Services team are celebrating the achievements of its apprentices who have successfully qualified as social workers.

The six apprentices have all achieved the BA (Hons) in Social Work through Staffordshire University and are able to register with Social Work England as a Social Worker. 

Councillor Sarah Hill, cabinet member for children’s services said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the apprentices who have successfully completed the social work apprenticeship. It’s fantastic to see homegrown talent being brought in to our children’s services team and I know that all six of the apprentices will be an asset to the city council.

“We want Stoke-on-Trent to be the best place to be a social worker and this cohort of apprentices are joining a brilliant team of dedicated staff who are passionate, ambitious and excited about shaping a positive future in the city.”

Steph Jones, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University said: “We are very happy to be associated with Stoke-on-Trent Children’s Services and very proud of all our brilliant apprentices who are working towards qualification as social workers. Very often our apprentices are mature students who are having to juggle work, study and family life and their achievements are all the more impressive as a result.  We look forward to celebrating their degree success at our graduation ceremonies in the summer.”

Information on Staffordshire University’s Social Work Degree Apprenticeship is available at https://www.staffs.ac.uk/apprenticeships.

The news comes as Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking for more dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Newly Qualified Social Workers or Student Social Workers who are due to qualify this year, to join the:

  • Children’s Support and Safeguarding Teams
  • Children in Care Teams
  • Children with Disabilities Team
  • Next Steps Team (care leavers)

Councillor Hill continued: “If you’re a Newly Qualified Social Worker we want to hear from you. Our brilliant and friendly team can support you to progress successfully within your first year of practice through your social work career.”

The city council is holding an information webinar on 8 February 12-1pm for all interested applicants to be able to find out more. Places can be booked by emailing joanne.brammer@stoke.gov.uk or clicking the link here.