Sutton Council supports training initiative for new social workers

Published Monday, 22nd February 2021

The Step Up to Social Work programme that supports and trains the next generation of social workers is now recruiting in Sutton.

In conjunction with Achieving for Children and Kingston University, Sutton Council recently submitted a successful bid to deliver the seventh cohort of the Step Up to Social Work programme for trainee social workers locally. 

Applications are now open via the Government website for the next cohort of graduates to join the scheme with funding available in Sutton for six trainees in the first year, which begins in January 2022. Applications from males, and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly welcome in order to reflect the diversity of the children, families and communities supported in Sutton. 

Step up to Social Work is an intensive, 14-month, full-time programme for trainee social workers. The programme will lead to a rewarding career as a social worker, supporting vulnerable children and families throughout the borough. Learning takes place through a combination of academic study and placements where participants gain hands-on practitioner experience, and after completing their training those who are successful will be awarded a postgraduate diploma in social work and have the opportunity to apply for a newly qualified social worker position in Sutton Children's Services department once completed. join the council’s Children’s Services department as newly qualified social workers. 

Councillor Marian James, Chair of the People Committee said; “I am delighted that Sutton Council has been successful in a bid to deliver the Step Up to Social Work programme. The programme offers a practical alternative to traditional study and a direct route into the world of children's social work. I would encourage any talented graduates who have ever considered a career in social work to apply for this practical, fast-track programme.”

Trainees will receive a tax-free bursary of just under £20,000 for the duration of the course and need a prior degree to be eligible. Further details on the entry requirements can be found online.