The next generation of child and family social workers, graduates across Staffordshire, are being encouraged to apply to a fast-track programme.
Step Up to Social Work, a 14-month programme that combines real-world experience in Staffordshire County Council’s Families First social work teams with high-quality university training, is now open for applications. Successful candidates will be awarded a post-graduate diploma in social work when they graduate, allowing them to register and practise as a social worker.
The scheme at Staffordshire County Council’s Families First has a total of six places available. Applicants need to apply through the Department for Education before the closing date of 5 May.
Anyone wishing to find out more or make an application should visit www.gov.uk/guidance/step-up- to-social-work-information- for-applicants. 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.
Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities said: “Working with children and families can be incredibly rewarding, so this fast-track programme is a great step towards a career in social work. Whether you a fresh out of university, or someone who is looking for a change in career, this is a fantastic opportunity to see what social work is all about, and help make a difference to the lives of children and families in Staffordshire.
In 2015, 300 students from across the country completed their training and over 420 students are expected to graduate in June this year. The Step Up programme runs every two years, with more students qualifying as social workers each time. This year more than 550 funded places are available to support trainees. After applications close in May, students will start training in January 2018.