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Graduate Social Workers - Training Scheme HCC24551

Job Details:


Starting Salary: £29,583 per annum, rising to £33,653 after successful completion of the ASYE
Work Location: Countywide, Hampshire
Hours per week: 37
Contract Type: Permanent

Start your social work career in an OUTSTANDING Children’s Services team and be part of one of the top performing local authorities in the country

Our Children’s Services are undergoing unprecedented growth and are recruiting ambitious and forward-thinking Newly Qualified Social Workers to join our Graduate Entry Training Scheme (GETS). Our pioneering Scheme provides a two-year programme of support and learning, designed to ensure that you build the very best foundations in skills and confidence to equip you for the challenges of frontline social work.  


You will join Hampshire with a cohort of other Graduate Trainees, initially undertaking an intensive 4-week induction period of high-quality training, before joining one of our district teams for a 5-month secondment. At six months you’ll move into your substantive post to complete your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). 


During your ASYE, you will be fully supported with regular supervision, a dedicated Practice Educator and a comprehensive programme of learning and development. In addition, your caseloads will remain low throughout the year, increasing in line with your skills and confidence. During the ASYE, we offer 12 structured development days, where you come back together as a cohort, and you also have an additional 12 days for self-directed learning. This could include shadowing opportunities, visits to multi- agency partners, research or portfolio days. The second year of GETS is a Continuous Reflective Practice year and provides further professional development opportunities and Practice Educator support. You will also be supported to complete the NAAS (National Accreditation Assessment System) at the end of your time on the GETS.   


With a very competitive starting salary and great benefits, it’s an exciting time to join us. The Hampshire Approach, our strengths-based approach to delivery, is transforming the way we work with children and families, and as an Outstanding (Ofsted 2019) Children’s Service, we are revolutionising our processes to allow social workers greater flexibility in their work.


Strong collaborative working relationships and a network of multi-agency hubs means that this is the ideal place to begin your social work journey.


Start dates are available in January, May, August and October 2021 and we recruit on a year round basis with regular assessment days. Assessment centres will be completed virtually until such time as social distancing measures are lifted. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via GETS@hants.gov.uk


How do I apply?


Please apply online, completing the application form and the job specific questions. In your application, we want to hear about your social work placements and the learning that you have gained from those experiences. The Job Description and Person Specification for the role highlights the skills and strengths we are looking for, so please read it carefully prior to completing your application. We are also happy to see any additional information you might want to give in a CV or Cover Letter. 

You are welcome to apply whilst your social work qualifications are in progress and you will be able to state on your application when you may expect to receive them. If successful at interview you will be asked which cohort you would like to join. 


Please note: You must be able to meet the travel requirements of the role. Generally, this means that you will require a full driving licence and access to a car, but reasonable adjustments to this requirement will be considered to cater for a declared disability.


If you hold a provisional licence but have not yet passed your test you are welcome to apply and will be interviewed if shortlisted. If successful at interview you will be offered a conditional place with a start date delayed for a maximum of 6 months to allow you to pass your driving test.


We currently cannot provide certificates of sponsorship for these roles. 


Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such, and as per safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview 


Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy:  In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to any for achieving equality of opportunity in its employment practices. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, disability, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, creed, sexuality, trade union activity or responsibility for dependants unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies. In order to combat indirect discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied to which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. 

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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