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Employers want more skills from social work graduates

Published: Thursday, 04 June 2009   Category: Public sector

Councils which are employing graduates with qualifications in social work do not have the practical skills necessary and require more training, according to the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC).

In an ongoing inquiry into the quality of training received by social work students, CWDC has found a gap between graduate skills and employer's expectations, according to the Local Government Chronicle.

Jane Haywood, chief executive of CWDC, said that graduates do not have sufficient understanding of what it is like to be a social worker by the time they leave university.

Mike Wardle, chief executive of the General Social Care Council, rebutted by saying that a better connection between universities and councils was needed.

He said: "Where partnership is really good there doesn't seem to be this difference in expectation between the employer and the university."

The government recently announced a multi-million-pound funding effort to encourage graduates into social care services in the wake of the Baby P scandal.


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