Council-backed Social Work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates who are passionate about working with children and families and who are looking to make a career move into children’s social work can now apply to the latest intake on a successful City Council backed training initiative.

The regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme aims to enlist a record number of candidates in 2019 to become Social Workers. This fast track programme aims to target high calibre entrants into the profession and has attracted a broad range of professionals already working with children, who have been inspired to join the profession and make a difference to people’s lives.

The Government-funded initiative enables people who have a 2:1 degree in a related subject other than social work to qualify as Social Workers on a fast-track basis. In the South West, this is overseen by our partner University – The University of West of England (UWE).

The application window will be open on the Department for Education website between the 4 February and 18 March 2019 but graduates can register their interest with the DfE prior to this on their website.

Last year, 2018/2019, 49 students enlisted across South West regional authorities, with Plymouth offering four opportunities. For the forthcoming intake, programme commencing 2020/21, Plymouth City Council are again pleased to be able to offer four Step Up to Social Work positions.

One of the existing Step Up trainees said: “I have always had a passion for protecting and working with children and I wanted to develop the skills and knowledge to be an advocate for young people. I had been part of the leaving care team for the last few years, and I have valued being able to provide support to some incredible young people.”

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children and Young people said: “Looking after vulnerable children is one of the most important jobs we do as a Council and schemes like Step up to social work are a fantastic opportunity for motivated and talented individuals who are committed to the welfare of children, to qualify as social workers.”

You can find out more about the course here.