Government boost to social work recruitment

Somerset County Council has welcomed the news that up to 900 extra Children’s social workers will be created thanks to a £45 million cash injection.

The Government is increasing its funding for the training charity Frontline so it can continue its work training social workers and helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.

It’s great news for Somerset County Council’s recruitment campaign for Children’s Social workers.

As well as supporting Frontline the Council is the lead authority in the South West for another fast-track programme, Step Up – and is working closely in partnership with universities to offer high quality placements to both Children’s and Adult’s services.

The Council will shortly be launching a unique partnership with Gloucestershire University and Yeovil College which will offer great incentives and aim to enlist social work candidates from the local community.

It will also be supporting the apprenticeship route when it comes on stream later this year.

It’s all part of an intensive drive to attract the social workers needed in Somerset and there is a fantastic package on offer for newly qualified Children’s Service candidates.

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Frances Nicholson said: “We’re looking for new social workers to come and join us on our improvement journey.

“Somerset County Council offers fantastic opportunities, with excellent salary and career progression – and we offer a generous relocation package.

“In addition, we offer great training and support in a progressive environment.”

In Somerset the social worker package includes:

  • A starting salary of £29,055 from your ASYE year
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000
  • Bespoke training and highly regarded support package for newly qualified social workers in their ASYE year
  • Mentoring programme for qualified social workers in their second year of qualification
  • Excellent training opportunities for on-going professional development and progression

Frontline has already brought over 1,000 people onto its fast-track programme since 2013. It is currently recruiting for its largest ever cohort of 452 trainees, with over 40 expected to come from the South West for the first time.

All trainees will benefit from generous bursaries of up to £20,000.

Frontline-commissioned research shows 44 per cent of adults aged 18-34 are considering a change of career in 2019.

You can find out more about Frontline here and Step Up here.

For all our latest Social Care vacancies visit here.