BUILD THE FUTURE – Rose counts on a career in Social Work with Degree Apprenticeship
“I love studying and am surprised about how much the learning relates to the work I’ve been doing. I am learning more about how the theory links to working practices and how the law works – it makes much more sense to me now and I find myself able to challenge more and being able to evidence things.”
A City of Wolverhampton Council worker is counting on starting a new career in Social Work by studying for a Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work at the University of Wolverhampton with her studies funded by her employer, City of Wolverhampton Council, through the Apprenticeship Levy.
Rosemary, who works for City of Wolverhampton Council’s Family Services, has five children and left school with no qualifications when she was 15, getting married at 16 and having her first child.
After raising her family, she worked in a variety of roles for 20 years, both volunteering and working, supporting teenagers and children in outreach services before becoming an Intensive Family Support Worker at City of Wolverhampton Council, working closely with Social Workers to keep children out of care.
She said: “I have always wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a Social Worker but leaving school early, getting married young and having five small children, it just never seemed like the right time.
“I love studying and am surprised about how much the learning relates to the work I’ve been doing. I am learning more about how the theory links to working practices and how the law works – it makes much more sense to me now and I find myself able to challenge more and being able to evidence things.
“There is a lot of reading and a lot of homework but my family has been very supportive as has the University. I’ve had lots of advice and guidance in terms of the academic side of things and, as it’s a brand new programme, the first cohort of students has been shaping the process so we are all learning together.
“I’m passionate about keeping families together and keeping children safe and this is an amazing opportunity offered to me at this time in my life. My kids and grandkids are really proud of me!”
Rosemary has 14 grandchildren aged between 3 and 22. She- is studying for the Degree Apprenticeship part-time, spending one day at University over three years and working on a placement for 7 weeks.
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