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Talented graduates wanted for a life-changing career in child and family social work

Related topics: Children's services

Graduates across Shropshire are being encouraged to apply by next Friday (5 May 2017) to a fast-track programme to become the next generation of child and family social workers.

Step Up to Social Work is a 14-month Department for Education programme that combines real-world experience in a local authority social work team with high-quality university training.

Successful candidates will be awarded a post-graduate diploma in social work when they graduate, allowing them to register and practice as a social worker.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 5 May.

Colleen Male, head of children’s social work and safeguarding with Shropshire Council, said:

“We want to attract the brightest and best to come to work for Shropshire Council and train as social workers to work in Shropshire – and ultimately to provide excellent care to children and families here in Shropshire.

“We’re especially hoping to attract candidates from harder to reach areas of the community to join the profession, including men and BME candidates.

“We want to make social work a career that many more people will aspire to and have the opportunity to join.

“Whether you are a recent graduate or someone whose student days are long behind you, this is a fantastic opportunity to begin a new career helping the county’s children and families.”

The Step Up programme runs nationally every two years, with more students qualifying as social workers each time. In 2015, 300 students completed their training and over 420 students are expected to graduate in June this year. Many of those graduating will be offered a trainee social worker role with the council where they trained.

For more information go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/step-up-to-social-work-information-for-applicants

To apply, click here.

Further information

This year more than 550 funded places are available nationally to support trainees. Applications close on 5 May 2017 at midday. Students will start training in January 2018.

Candidates are eligible to apply if they have a 2:1 degree, or a 2:2 plus a higher degree, which can include a master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, in a discipline other than social work.

They should also have the equivalent of a GCSE Grade C in maths and English, and experience of working with children, young people or families.