Adult Social Work Apprenticeship Fund

Information for local authorities on applying for the £12 million Adult Social Work Apprenticeship Fund that aims to increase social worker capacity in adult social care.

Applies to England



The government is making £12 million available for local authorities to apply for a contribution towards the costs of training and supervising new social work apprentices.

Local authorities can apply for funding of up to £30,000 per apprenticeship. To apply for funding, local authorities must submit an expression of interest (EOI) application form.

The Adult Social Work Apprenticeship Fund will aim to:

  • increase social worker workforce capacity in adult social care across England
  • support all training routes into the social work profession
  • increase opportunity for those who may not have the financial resources to pursue social work through the traditional academic route
  • support adult social care pressures by increasing the number of apprentices
Published 31 January 2024
Last updated 9 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Section 3 - your funding request' on the expression of interest form to allow local authorities to specify the amount of funding they are requesting.

  2. First published.