The ‘Learn Together Partnership’, made up of local authorities across Merseyside and Cheshire are calling on graduates and those looking for a career change to step up to social work with a fast track programme.

The government funded scheme ‘Step Up to Social Work’ is back open for aspiring social workers to apply to join the 14 month course, that will see them awarded a postgraduate diploma in social work , supporting children and families who need it most.

Those looking to take on the rewarding career will be supported by a bursary of £19,833 during their training, learning through a combination of in-work and university experiences.

Applicants looking to take on a career in social work through this popular program will have until Monday 18 March 2019 to submit an application.

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, said:

“It takes creativity, stamina & resolve to be an effective social worker. It’s a challenging career but it’s so rewarding too. Each year Step Up attracts hundreds of graduates to qualify as social workers and most importantly has an excellent track record in choosing people who stay for the long haul. Step Up is helping develop a highly skilled workforce that can make a real difference to the lives of children and families.”

The Step Up programme runs every two years, with more than 1,100 trainees already qualified through it nationally since 2012, and a further 500 are set to complete this spring.
Successful applicants will need to attend regional assessment centres, with the programme starting in January 2020.

To be eligible to apply for the programme, applicants will need to have either; a 2:1 degree (for example, with honours), or a 2:2 plus a higher degree, which can include a master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, in a discipline other than social work. Plus the equivalent of a GCSE Grade C in maths and English, and experience of working with children, young people or families.

The Learn Together Partnership includes the following councils; Wirral, Knowsley, Halton, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, St Helens and Liverpool.

For more information visit the Government’s online guidance ‘Apply for Step Up to Social Work