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Kent County Council

Social Worker Trainee - Children's Social Care

Job Type



Social Work




Posted Date

16 November 2023


Closing Date

1 December 2023

Role Responsibility

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families?

Are you eager to learn and grow in the field of social work whilst earning a salary?

We are excited to announce 12 Social Worker Trainee positions across the county, offering you a unique opportunity to train and qualify as a Social Worker. Allowing you to gain experience on the job whilst studying for a fully funded Social Work degree, through the apprenticeship levy. There will be the opportunity to progress to Newly Qualified Social Worker positions upon completion.


Through the 3 ½-year apprenticeship programme you will gain experience of social work services within Kent County Council, developing a full range of social work values, knowledge and skills that are required to improve the lives of Kent’s children. You will undertake a programme of learning through work experience, academic study and assessed placements. Where you will be expected to:

Work alongside experienced children's social workers to support vulnerable children and their families.
Assist in assessments, case management, and intervention planning.
Build meaningful relationships with children and their caregivers.
Regularly attend university teaching sessions, workshops, seminars and tutorials to develop your skills and knowledge.

In order to be considered for the role you must:

Meet the educational requirement outlined in the Job description (please note that if you don’t have 120 UCAS points you are able to complete a 1000 word essay question which is included in the application). Please see the following link for more information on UCAS points.
Reside in the UK, the British Overseas Territories, or Crown Dependencies (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) continuously for at least three years prior to the start of the apprenticeship programme. This is to ensure Kent County Council is compliant with the apprenticeship funding rules . These are the rules employers must follow to get funding for apprenticeship training in England.
Have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Be Committed to learn, study and develop as a Social Work practitioner.
Be Committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families.
Be passionate about getting the best outcomes for children and young people.

If you are looking to start your career in Social Work in an outstanding local authority, then this could be the career development opportunity for you.

For more information about the programme and application process please find details on the following link.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements.

The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Kent.

This role is subject to holding a Full UK Driving License – The Council is committed to making reasonable adjustments so whilst this job requires the jobholder to drive your application will still be considered if you are unable to drive due to a disability.

Please note you will be shortlisted based on your application and the answers you provide so please complete these in full, ensuring you give yourself enough time to complete the application form.

Written test (for shortlisted candidates): 8th December 2023 (please note a link to complete this will be sent by University of Kent)

Interview Dates: 8th and 9th January 2024 (please note at interview you will be required to bring your qualifications and right to work in the UK documentation.)

Contact Details

For More Information, Please Contact

The social care recruitment team on 0331 6309541 or at

If you have any questions in relation to the qualification requirements and eligibility to enrol in the apprenticeship scheme then please contact, who will be able to answer any of your queries.

About The Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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