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The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

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The Social Work Degree Apprenticeship

AUTHOR : Edited by Clare Stone and Mary Shannon

ISBN : 9781914171710

Edition No : 1

Publication : Feb 8, 2022

Extent : 192 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171727

Edition No : 1

Publication : Feb 8, 2022

Extent : 192 pgs


Developed specifically for the social work degree apprenticeship, this book guides apprentices through the unique requirements of this new qualifying route. With contributions from academics, employers and students, it provides a broad and inclusive perspective to build effective working relationships.  


The social work degree apprenticeship is unlike any other qualifying route to become a professional social worker. Apprentices have to juggling a number of competing demands, balancing their work and learning commitments, the expectations of their employer and those of their university. It can be intense, high-paced and stressful, and very often apprentices are mature students who may not have been in formal learning environment for many years.  This book has been written specifically with apprentices in mind and by a range of stakeholders, not just academics, who draw upon their experience and expertise to help apprentices successfully navigate this qualification.


Key theoretical concepts are introduced throughout, practical advice given and learning features encourage reflection and application, making this a go-to textbook, whether it’s your first time taking a degree or you’re a mature student returning to study - this is an essential companion to your learning journey, helping you manage your relationship with your university and employer.  


Chapter 1: Introduction 

Chapter 2: Overview of the apprenticeship 

Chapter 3: Planning for your apprenticeship 

Chapter 4: Learning in the workplace 

Chapter 5: Off the job training 

Chapter 6: The apprenticeship standard and assessment

Chapter 7: Supervision 

Chapter 8: Becoming a social worker

Chapter 9: Next steps on the social work journey   

Chapter 10: Conclusion 



Clare Stone is a registered social worker and worked within statutory services before moving into academia at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). She led the development of the Social Work Apprenticeship at UCLan , the first programme to deliver the social work degree apprenticeship.

Mary Shannon has a substantial background in social work and social care, as a practitioner and manager in both the children and adults sector. Currently Head of the Social Work and Social Welfare department ay Staffordshire University, she also oversees a regional social work apprentice qualifying programme.

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"This edited book on Social Work Degree Apprenticeships by Clare Stone and Mary Shannon is a timely and important text for social work educators, students and practitioners. Written by key stakeholders, this book can be read as a whole or used as a reference source to understand specific elements of the apprenticeship scheme. The value of apprenticeship schemes is highlighted in addition to the stages in the journey to becoming an apprentice and amplifies the voices of apprentices which in my view has a lot to offer prospective apprentices. The activities and templates add further value to this informative book."

Dr Prospera Tedam (SFHEA) Associate Professor & Chair of Dept, United Arab Emirates University

"This book provides an excellent insight into the social work degree apprenticeship. It has been written by people who have proven expertise in developing social work degree apprenticeships, and who have developed a wide knowledge of supporting of supporting students and employers. This book is accessible, easy to read, well- structured and analytical. It also stresses the need for critical thinking and holistic approaches to practice. I would highly recommend it."

Phil Watson Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Sunderland
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