The Care Council for Wales has commissioned a group of four Welsh universities to deliver its new £1.8m training and development initiative for social workers.
Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr and Swansea universities will join forces to develop curricula and materials for the three training programmes for experienced, senior and consultant social workers by March 2014.
If approved, the programmes for experienced and senior social workers will start in 2014, with the consultant social worker programme following in 2015.
The programmes will be delivered annually, with CCW funding at least 100 places a year.
Cardiff University will lead the alliance by providing overall coordination. It will also be the awarding body.
All three programmes will be “rigorously evaluated” to ensure they are and remain fit for purpose, said Rhian Huws Williams, chief executive of the care council.