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Apply to become a social worker now

by Laura Johnston

If you’re a graduate and have an interest in working in social care, you may be interested in the fast-track programme, Step Up to Social Work. The programme will get you on your way to becoming the next generation of child and family social workers.

Step Up to Social Work combines real-world experience in a local authority’s social work team with high quality university training. It runs every two years and many of those who complete the course are offered a trainee social worker role with the local authority where they trained.

The government is working to make social work a career that more people will aspire to work in as well as a career that more people have the opportunity to get into. The programme is backed by a £800m investment in social worker training including through teaching partnerships, bursaries and other fast-track programmes. As well as course fees being paid for, you will receive a £19,833 bursary for the duration of your course.

Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, said: “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 children and families. We want all young people to be able to go as far as their talents will take them, and part of that is making sure childhood is a happy and safe time in their lives.”

This year, there are more than 550 funded places available to support students with their training which will begin in January 2018, and you could be one of them.  The closing date for applications is Friday, 5 May 2017 at midday.

To be eligible to apply for Step Up to Social Work, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a 2:1 degree or a 2:2 degree plus a higher degree which can include a master’s degree or Postgraduate Certificate in Education – in a discipline other than social work
  • Have the equivalent of  GCSE grades C in English and maths
  • Have experience of working with children, young people or families

If you are successful, you will work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work for 14 months which will allow you to register and practice as a social worker.

If you’re interested in the programme, you can find more information here.