Shropshire Council

Become a social worker

If you are interested in becoming a Social Worker, in addition to the traditional route of studying a Social Work degree full time, there are alternative routes including studying whilst you work as a trainee Social Worker or the fast track Step up to social work fast track programme.

Social work apprenticeship

Our first cohort of trainee Social Workers commenced employment on 13 January 2020.

As a trainee Social Worker you would be an employee of Children Services, working 4 days in a Social Work team and 1 day a week studying a Social Work degree over a period of 3 years.

The role of trainee Social Worker is full time, successful candidates must be able to drive , have experience of working with Children and Families and have English and Maths' GCSE, Grade A - C or equivalent.

Vacancies for the exciting opportunity and highly sought after role of trainee Social Worker are advertised only once a year, and are advertised on Shropshire council's career website. If you would like further information or to request to be included on our mailing list for further updates. Please email

Step up to social work

Step up to Social Work is an intensive, 14 month, full time, national programme ran by the Department for Education during which you will receive a bursary.

As a trainee social worker on this programme you would work in a local authority, gaining hands-on practitioner experience and academic learning. Shropshire Council is currently participating in the West Midlands regional programme.

Upon successful completion you are awarded a post graduate diploma in social work, allowing you to register with Social Work England and practise as a social worker.

For further information on how to apply can be found here.