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Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Social Care Workforce Development

Interested in being a social worker?

Career in Social Work

Social work is a rewarding and stimulating career; it involves working in partnership with people to achieve their outcomes which will go on to improve their everyday lives. Support on career advice and further information can be accessed via Social Care Wales

In addition, Social Care Wales also produces a career leaflet - Social Work - a People Profession.

Work Experience

Entry requirements for the Social Work course include having relevant social care experience in addition to the academic requirements. Work experience can be through paid employment, voluntary work or life experience. If you are interested in gaining social care work experience through voluntary work, further information can be accessed via the links below.

Local Approved Providers

The following local universities have received Social Care Wales approval to offer the social work Degree / Master’s.

Undergraduate Degree in Social Work:
Cardiff Metropolitan University -
University of South Wales, Newport -
The Open University -

Master’s Degree in Social Work:
Cardiff University -

Support for Self-funding Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly Employees - Social Work Degree Programmes

Support to complete a practice placement may be available to employees self-funding a social work degree programme.  Click here for more information on Placement Options for Self Funding Employees.

Social Care Wales – New qualification – Social Services Practitioner Award

Social Care Wales have been piloting a new qualification for 2016-2017, the Social Services Practitioner award.  This qualification is aimed at non-social work staff that carry out, as part of their normal duties, assessing and meetings needs of individuals, including adults and children. 

The qualification itself is being delivered via the Open University and equates to the first year of the Social Work Degree but is a stand-alone qualification in its own right.   Please find details of the qualification here: Open University SSP Prospectus.

Blaenau Gwent Caerphilly – Social Work Training and Development Strategy 2016 – 2021

For an overview of all the support we offer, please click on Social Work Training Strategy.