The Academy of Social Work
Central Bedfordshire
The Academy of Social Work
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Welcome to The Academy, inspiring futures for our learners and the people they support. Get in touch with us for more information about careers, our courses, vacancies & apprenticeships.

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Getting into Work

Virtually all jobs require appropriate training and qualifications. The Academy can provide you with advice and guidance for a range of careers, such as working within a corporate environment, within a childcare or teaching environment or within adult social care.

Whether you are starting out, or developing in your current role, it is worth talking to us!

We are committed to creating the best possible environment for people to practice and develop their careers. But don't just take our word for it - if you want the inside track on everything from caseloads to training, please read on to find out more.

Get in touch with us for more information about how you can develop your skills and increase your career prospects.

See our Early Years careers progression map

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See our Adult Social Care progression map

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Areas of Work

What our learners say...

"My entire learning experience was positive, from the course setting, other students and Sophie's support. It's helped me to realise what I want to do."
"I have enjoyed the studying, research and learning something new. The ability to work at your own pace through e-learning is flexible enough to fit into different lifestyles."
"I have learnt so much! I have managed to go from a volunteer to pre-school leader in two years."
"I feel the course has helped me to reflect on what I do well and given me the tools and new skills to improve in other areas. The course was relevant to my current position."
"It was very helpful for my job and made look at the way I work and improve on things, it has given me ideas that I have put in to my setting. My assessor was very helpful and patient with me."
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