Council’s Care Academi seeks newest applicants

Carmarthenshire County Council is now seeking its fourth intake of trainees to join the Care Academi which offers exciting opportunities to those looking for a career in social work or social care.

Open to anyone over the age of 18, the Academi provides training, support, and guidance to successful applicants, enabling them to earn while they learn and choose a career path that suits them best.

12 participants have taken part since the Academi began in 2022, some of which are continuing to grow their skillset within the programme having completed the All Wales Induction Framework (AWIF) for health and social care as well as a level two health and social care (adults) qualification. The current trainees are now progressing well with the level three qualification in their chosen area, while others have been successful in gaining employment within the sector or have progressed on to the social work programme because of the skills and experienced gained within the Care Academi.

With a blend of on-the-job training and education in roles supporting both adults and children, the Care Academi provides an in-depth insight into the sector and provides opportunities to explore the variety of social care and social work roles on offer. It also enables successful candidates to work closely with a range of other professionals including Occupational Therapists, Doctors, Nurses and Physiotherapists.

Successful applicants could achieve a degree in social work or a level five management qualification, but there are also opportunities throughout the process to explore other roles within the sector if completing a degree is not for you.

Support is also provided for successful applicants to expand their Welsh language skills as well as encouraging Welsh speakers to use the language in the workplace.

10 free driving lessons to help get successful applicants on the road are also available.

All applicants must have a minimum of two GCSEs (grade A* – D) or equivalent in English, Welsh or Maths.

Online information sessions are also available to anyone who wants to learn more about the Care Academi:

• Tuesday 4th June 6.30pm

• Wednesday 5th June 9.30am

• Friday 7th June 11am

• Wednesday 12th June 6.30pm

• Thursday 13th June 1pm

• Tuesday 18th June 1pm

• Thursday 20th June 10am

• Thursday 20th June 5.30pm

Care Academi trainee Bryn said: “I have found the Care Academi to be an excellent way to develop new skills and knowledge in a rewarding field. Having the opportunity to work in a variety of places has helped me make connections, boost my confidence, and develop a solid base of knowledge that will help me and my career prospects for years to come.”

Head of Adult Social Care for Carmarthenshire County Council, Avril Bracey said: “We are looking for motivated people with a positive attitude to take this exciting first step in a new career and apply for our 2024 Care Academi process.”

“The Academi offers invaluable opportunities to those looking for a career in social work or social care, with support provided throughout the process to successful applicants.”

For more information, to sign up for an online information session or to apply visit Join the Care Academi (


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