Graduates and career changers to child and family social work will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of social workers.
As the lead authority in the south west of England for the Step Up to Social Work fast-track programme*, Somerset County Council has opened the recruitment round for 58 aspiring social workers across the region (12 in Somerset).
This will be the seventh national cohort of Step Up and the fourth for the Council. Step Up is backed by £25million from the Government to fund 700 places across the country, with students receiving a tax-free bursary of £19,833 from the Department for Education to support them while in training.
Running January 2022 to March 2023, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work on successful completion enabling registration and practice as a social worker.
More than 1,600 students have qualified through the Step Up programme nationally since 2010 (18 with Somerset County Council). Over 600 students nationally are set to complete in the spring (10 with Somerset County Council).
For more information, read the news release published on the Council’s Newsroom earlier this week and apply by 7 April here on the Government’s website.
*The ten Local Authorities working in south west of England partnership are (in alphabetical order):
1. Bath and North East Somerset Council
2. Bristol City Council
3. Cornwall Council
4. Devon County Council
5. North Somerset Council
6. Plymouth City Council
7. Somerset County Council (lead authority)
8. South Gloucestershire Council
9. Swindon Borough Council
10. Torbay Council