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Training on offer for new social workers

Hampshire County Council is opening the recruitment round for 30 aspiring social workers to join the 14-month Step Up to Social Work programme — on-the-job training to develop hundreds more children and family social workers to support children and families most in need.

This will be the seventh cohort of Step Up in the South Coast area and 98 of those who enrolled have already qualified through the programme. Step Up is backed by £25million from the Government to fund 700 places across the country, with students receiving a bursary of £19,833 over the duration of the programme to support them whilst in training.

The Authority’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People, Councillor Patricia Stallard, said: “I am delighted that we can continue to lead the way in our region, to train the next generation of social workers. We are one of the few local authorities judged to be outstanding in all areas, by Ofsted, for children’s social care.”

This intensive, 14-month, full-time programme is for graduates without a degree in social work. Students can expect to learn through a combination of academic study and real social work experience in a local authority.

On completion, the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work will enable graduates to register and practice as a social worker.

Those interested have until 7th April 2021 to apply. To apply, see


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