What we offer

Why work for Knowsley?

Knowsley supports you at every stage of your social work career.

We want you to be part of a workforce that is committed and motivated to making a difference. We have high aspirations for residents in Knowsley and want them to feel listened to, happy, healthy, and given every opportunity to achieve. We want the same for you and all our staff because at Knowsley, we believe, ‘We Are Better Together.’

Knowsley staff say our strength is that we are a welcoming and friendly workplace; our managers are visible and accessible, there is great support from colleagues, you will get the support you need to excel in your role.

Working for Knowsley Social Care gives access to a range of benefits, including a competitive salary, with a pay award pending:

These are just some of the reasons to work for Knowsley:

Learning & Career Development: We have a wide range of blended learning opportunities available to all employees, which will be relevant to your job & progression.

Flexible working and hybrid working arrangements: Our flexible working scheme allows you to manage your hours, and our hybrid working offers a blend of home and office-based working.

Generous Holiday Entitlement & two paid concessionary days- with the opportunity to buy an additional 10 days leave per year.

Formal and informal supervision to support you in your role.

Secondment Opportunities to support your professional role.

Dedicated Assessors & ASYE Coordinator, protected caseloads & bespoke training plan for newly qualified Social Workers and those joining us for an Assessed Supported Year in Employment (the ASYE programme)

High quality IT Kit supporting agile working arrangements

Four week induction programme

We can also offer you…

  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme

  • We are a Disability Confident Employer – we offer inclusive & accessible recruitment, offering an interview to disabled people, providing reasonable adjustments, & supporting existing employees.

  • Differentiated sickness absence for individuals living with a disability.

  • Occupational Health Services with free & fast access to physiotherapists and acupuncture.

  • Vivup Employee & Member Assistance Programme – A 24/7 helpline offering a range of support, with access to experienced counsellors & psychotherapists.

  • Equality and Diversity Operational Staff Working Groups: Join our Black & Minority Workers’ Group; LGBT+ Forum; Knowsley Multi Faith and Belief Group; The Women’s Operational Workers Group; Neurodiverse Staff Support Group; Knowsley Carers Forum or Men’s Support Group.

  • Menopause policy supporting women in the workplace.

  • Currently offering free parking on some sites

  • Currently offering free Tea & Coffee in the workplace

  • Childcare vouchers

  • Cycle to work scheme: We are committed to greener transport solutions. Our scheme entitles you to significant discounts on the price of a new bike & safety equipment

  • Discounted Gym membership at Knowsley’s Volair Leisure Centres

  • Vivup staff discount scheme

  • Eye tests: We provide all display screen users with a free eye test on request. We have a corporate eye care scheme which includes a contribution to the cost of glasses.

  • Enterprise Credit Union Membership – Offering Knowsley staff great savings and loan rates

  • Travel support – Interest free travel loans for train, bus and Triopasses

  • Dedicated financial advice helpline

There are many routes into a career in Adult Social Care with Knowsley Council…

Knowsley Adult Social Care is part of the Think Ahead Social Work training programme, giving the opportunity for current graduates to complete a Master’s degree in Social Work over a 12-month period, with a focus on mental health. You will be paid while you complete the programme.

Knowsley Council offer the opportunity for Social Work apprenticeship roles for suitably experienced staff available across both Children’s and Adult’s Social Care.

These apprenticeships are nationally recognised professional qualifications and Social Work apprentices are paid whilst also learning new skills to help them progress in their roles and careers.

The three-year Social Work Degree Apprenticeship programme works in partnership with Chester University. The course includes a mix of online and face-to-face lectures, small experiential group-learning, reading, activities and academic assignments. Participants will also undertake placements and practice skills in Knowsley, in your own and other workplaces/teams.

This is a wonderful opportunity for current Knowsley Council staff to gain a professional social work qualification whilst earning a salary.

Knowsley Council is part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership, (CMSWTP), which was introduced to help improve the overall quality of practice, learning, and continuing professional development (CPD) amongst trainee and practicing social workers.

Students within the partnership have a curriculum that is relevant and informed by social work practice, benefitting from practical statutory placements. Meanwhile, fully qualified social workers get access to many more CPD opportunities and have the opportunity to develop and share best practice via the partnership structure.

Knowsley Adult Social Care, in partnership with Sefton Social Care and Edge Hill University deliver Step into Social Work sessions; this is a one day workshop aimed at Health and Social Care college students, providing insight into the social work role, the qualities required in the social work profession, the opportunity for participants to meet current practitioners and find out more about social work and other roles in the sector. The session also includes information on the social work training application process.

Supervisor and management training courses including ILM Level 3 and Level 5 diploma in principles of leadership and management, coaching for managers, Northwest Employers Organisation core skills for manager programme, Early Managers Programme through the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership– all helping first line managers to develop their leadership skills.

The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) offers Newly Qualified Social Workers, (NQSW’s), extra support during your first year of employment.

Good quality reflective supervision is a priority, this is provided by the dedicated ASYE Assessor, alongside case work supervision provided by the senior practitioner.

NQSW’s are provided protected time and encouraged to undertake training and research to support their learning and develop needs.  Any gaps in learning are identified and rectified via training and shadowing more experienced staff. NQSW’s are placed within teams across adult social care, the support provided by the team managers, senior practitioners and peers is vital in the development of practice skills and knowledge during the programme.

Interested to know more?