Newly Qualified Social Worker - Graduate Entry Training Scheme (GETS) HCC2819719
Thank you for your interest in becoming a children’s social worker in Hampshire County Council. This comes at an exciting time for “Nearly and Newly Qualified Social Workers” who want to join us because we have recently introduced a Graduate Entry and Training scheme (GETs) as an entirely new way of supporting people like you through your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
If successful, you would be one of our third cohort of participants in the scheme. One of its headlines features the recruitment of some 20 NQSWs as a single cohort who will initially spend 4-5 weeks together on a bespoke induction programme before joining the frontline. During this period, your work base will be Northfields House at Twyford (our Workforce development Team base) near Winchester. One of the lessons that we have learned from our delivery of two Step Up to Social Work programmes is the benefit that comes from NQSWs having a support network of peers when starting out on their careers. Step Up students built such a network in the course of their 14 month programme and we are keen to replicate this for NQSWs who join us through other routes.
Your comprehensive induction will prepare you for the next step which takes the form of secondments to at least three front-line service teams where you will be expected to take responsibility at a level appropriate for a NQSW and to start building your ASYE portfolio. All of this will be undertaken in an environment in which support and supervision will have a high priority and during which study days will be set-aside with other members of your cohort. Between four and six months after your induction we will explore with you your geographic and service preferences, and you will then be appointed to a substantive role in a team where you will complete your ASYE portfolio (still with bespoke support) leading to the ASYE panel within the required 12 months from joining us.
This brief outline cannot do justice to the extent of the changes that we have implemented, amongst which is the development of a close partnership with the University of Winchester who will be working with our workforce development team to develop a through-career pathway of CPD beyond ASYE.
If you meet our application eligibility criteria you will be invited to attend an assessment centre where you will undergo a range of tests and interviews which will ensure we appoint the very best candidates. We will confirm whether or not you will be invited to the assessment centre as soon as we are able, and will send further information about the GETs in due course.
Want to find out more?
Please visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrenssocialworkcareers