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England welcomes graduate child social worker scheme

Published: Sunday, 24 January 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new scheme to enlist highly skilled graduates into children's social work is rolling out across the UK. 

Having only been up and running since 2013, the Frontline scheme has already trained an incredible 220 graduates.

The scheme, which is proving extremely popular in the South East and Manchester, has just announced it will be recruiting another 180 graduates. Those wishing to fill the available roles will be expected to take up posts from as soon as July.

The charity responsible for this movement has safeguarded government funding, with the goal of employing a further 1,000 graduates into children's social work by the year 2020. 

Research conducted by the Government has revealed that there were an astounding 4,320 vacancies in this sector in 2014. This is a massive gap and one the charity intends to fill.

The aim of the scheme is to change peoples’ views of social workers. Due to a number of high profile cases, social workers are now under intense scrutiny, but the charity recognises that the vast majority work to exceed expectations – it’s just the minority are the ones making the headlines.

Government ministers wish to attract a number of skilled workers to the new posts by offering more incentives, including a focus on the recruitment of skilled graduates fresh out of university.

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) said schemes such as Frontline, Step Up and Think Ahead, all of whom aim to entice high quality employees, are still in their relative infancy but make believe the future looks positive.

If you’re hunting for a role and have just finished, or will soon finish, your degree at university, visit Grad Plus and browse through a range of graduate schemes that cover many different sectors

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