Cornwall Council is joining a national campaign to recruit more people into a career in social work, through the STEP-UP retraining programme.
The government initiative will see graduates and career changers given the chance to change their lives and get hands on experience, as they become the next generation of social workers.
There are over 700 vacancies across the UK on the scheme, with five of those in Cornwall, and applications are open now. Students will each receive a bursary of £19,833 over the duration of the programme to support them whilst in training.
The Council’s Service Director for Children and Family Services, Ben Davies, said: “The last 12 months has clearly demonstrated the crucial role that social workers play in supporting the most vulnerable children and families. We are looking for people who believe in relationship-based social work with children and families and share our determination to make a difference to children’s lives. We offer the opportunity to develop your social work career in an innovative and ambitious children’s service. We would like to hear from people keen to embrace the opportunities of learning in an outstanding team.”
This intensive, 14-month, full-time programme is for those without a degree in social work and who want to become a social worker. Students can expect to learn through a combination of academic study and real social work experience.
On completion, the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work will enable graduates to register and practice as a social worker, making a difference by nurturing relationships with families during difficult times and by protecting children.
The Step Up programme runs every two years and applications are open until April 7, 2021, followed by regional assessment centres for candidates successful at the initial application stage.
Students can expect to start the programme in January 2022, completing their training in March 2023.
Candidates are eligible to apply if they hold a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification i.e. a honours degree or a graduate certificate; or a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a postgraduate qualification (level 7 or above) for example, a Master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma, in a discipline other than social work.
They should also have GCSEs in English or English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or the new grade 4 and above (or an approved equivalent).
Candidates should also be able to demonstrate significant experience of either working or substantial volunteering with vulnerable children, young people and/or families/ carers or adults.