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Step up to social work and open the door to a new career

by Cathy Sheel

Graduates and those changing careers will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of children and family social workers.

Knowsley Council is launching the latest recruitment round for aspiring social workers to join the 14-month ‘Step Up to Social Work’ programme.

The government-funded scheme offers those seeking a career in social work a postgraduate diploma in social work on completion of the course.

Those looking to take on the rewarding career will be supported by a bursary of £19,833 during their training, learning through a combination of in-work and university experiences.

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, said: “I have been impressed each year with the quality of the hundreds of graduates who qualify as social workers through the Step Up programme, and encouraged to see them start out on a long term career in social work. Our profession is highly challenging, but highly rewarding, and Step Up is developing a highly skilled workforce ready to make a genuine positive impact on people’s lives.”

Applicants have until 7 April 2021 to submit an application, which will be 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.

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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.

More information about applying to Step Up to Social Work can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/step-up-to-social-work-information-for-applicants