CAREERS IN… Social Work & Health and Social Care

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Careers info

Prospects – Graduate Careers Website.

  • Job Profiles – Search A-Z of job profiles or view job categories.
  • Job Sectors – Job sector profiles include: Health & Social Care and Charities & Voluntary Work.

Care Council for Wales – To find out about the social work profession and qualifications and training in Wales view ‘Qualifications & Careers’.

Chartered Institute of Housing – Includes comprehensive guide to careers in housing.

ETS Wales – Includes information about training and qualifications in Youth Work in Wales.

Frontline – Frontline is a new work-based scheme to train graduates to become children’s social workers. Participants will complete a Masters over the two years of the programme, will be paid and be based with the same local authority. A pilot scheme will run in 2014 in London and Manchester.

HM Prison & Probation Service – Created in April 2017, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is a new agency in the Ministry of Justice, covering 121 prisons and employing over 42,000 staff. – Careers in Healthcare – Health Service Journal jobs site.

National Youth Agency – Includes information on qualifications and training in youth work UK wide.

Jobs and Careers within the Justice System – Includes links to Ministry of Justice, HM Prison Service, NOMs, Court Tribunal Service, Civil Service and Probation Service.

PHORCaST – Provides an overview of the opportunities found within public health (not just within the NHS).

Skills for Care – Information about working within the Social Care system in England including qualifying.

Target Jobs Public Service & Government – Everything you need to know about graduate jobs in public service and government.

The British Association of Social Workers Jobs – Search by specialism, area and salary.

The National Skills Academy for Social Care – View ‘Jobs’ section.

UCAS.comUCAS course search – social work degrees/postgraduate courses

Jobs and Work Experience

Register for Unilife Connect  - Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs and careers events Log in to Unilife Connect – Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs and careers events from your chosen sector.

Action for Children – View ‘current vacancies’.
Save the Children Jobs – Search for jobs in the UK and Internationally.

Barnardos – Find out about jobs at Barnardo’s.

Charity Job – View jobs and paid internships within the charity sector UK wide.

Community Care Jobs – Search for Social Work and Social Care jobs by specialism and location.

Civil Service Fast Stream – Civil Service graduate scheme

Civil Service Jobs – Civil Service vacancies at all levels.

Direct Gov – Local councils directory – Browse the A to Z lists, or search by county, region or country – look for jobs/vacancies or careers tabs.

Disability Now Jobs – Find latest jobs advertised on the Disability Now site. – Search education related jobs throughout the UK.

FE Jobs – A dedicated job board for vacancies in Further Education.

Greatsocialcare – Find social work, care and social housing jobs.

Great Education – Jobs in education, training and teaching including classroom assistant roles.

Guardian Jobs – social care – Browse by category and location. – Research, academic and administrative vacancies in universities, research institutions, commercial and public sector, schools and charities.

Jobs Go Public -Job opportunities in the public and not for profit sectors.

Jobs in the Justice System – Includes vacancies in the National Offender Management Service, HM Prison Service, HM Courts and Probationary Service.

Parliament UK – Search for jobs in House of Commons, House of Lords and links to employment with individual MPs.

Policy Jobs – UK and international research and policy making jobs.

Public Affairs – Vacancies in public affairs and lobbying in the UK, US and EU.

National Assembly for Wales – Search for current jobs or apply for their work experience opportunities.

National Centre for Social Research – Offers range of opportunities including graduate research positions.

National Graduate Development Programme – Graduate Management Scheme with county councils. Also contact councils direct to find out about graduate schemes regionally and jobs with county councils in your area.

NHS England Graduate Management Training SchemeNHS graduate programmes in England.

NHS Jobs – Search jobs within the NHS by category and location.

NHS Wales Graduate Management Trainee ProgrammeNHS graduate programmes in Wales.

NOMS Graduate Programme – Graduate management scheme with HM Prison Service.

NSA graduate training scheme – A National Graduate Management Training Scheme for graduates interested in a management career in adult social care.

NSPCC – Find out about working for the NSPCC.

Opportunities – Jobs in Local Authorities, Local Government, Charities and Public Sector UK and worldwide.

Recruit 3 – View jobs in the charity sector in Wales.

The National Autistic Society – Health and Social care opportunities across the Autism Spectrum.

Think Ahead – The Think Ahead programme is a new route into social work, for those remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems.

Welsh Government – Search for current jobs or work placement opportunities.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action – Search for ‘jobs’ within the charity sector in Wales.


Recruit 3 – View voluntary internships with charities throughout Wales.

Community Service Volunteers CSV – Find out volunteering and jobs at CSV.

Barnardo’s Get Involved – Voluntary opportunities at Barnardo’s.

Save the Children – ‘Get involved’ – Volunteer.

NewLink Wales – NewLink Wales is an independent substance misuse organisation in Wales that offers training as well as voluntary experience.

NSPCC ‘Get involved’ – Explore voluntary opportunities with the children’s’ charity NSPCC

The National Autistic Society – See ‘Get involved’ for volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Wales – Search ‘volunteering opportunities’ in Wales by type of opportunity and location.

Interlink – Voluntary bureau for the Rhondda Cynon Taff area. Contact them to find out about a range of voluntary opportunities in the local community.

Volunteer Cardiff – Volunteer Centre for the county of Cardiff. Contact them to find out about a range of voluntary opportunities in the Cardiff and surrounding area.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action – Volunteering – Find out more about volunteering in Wales.

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Employer Directories

Mental Health Support Services Directory – search voluntary sector mental health organisations working in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil.

Directgov Local Councils Directory – Search for jobs with county councils throughout the UK. Browse the A to Z lists, or search by county, region or country.

NHS Wales Directory – Search for NHS health boards and hospitals in Wales.

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Related media and docs

AGCAS Industry Insight – Health – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

AGCAS Industry Insight – Social care – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

AGCAS Industry Insight – Charity and development work – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

AGCAS Video – Journey to Work- Psychology & Social Work

Social Science- 'What do graduates do?’ presents information on the employment of recent graduates.

Guardian Careers Talk Podcast – Working in the Charity Sector.

Career Player – Video profiles on Charity and ‘Not for profit’ sector, Health Care & Medical Services, Government/Public Sector, Teaching & Education.

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