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Graduate Social Workers - Training Scheme HCC12727

Job Details:


Salary: Starting salary of £28,791 rising to £32,752 after the first year
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 be appointed into your substantive post to complete your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). 


During your first year, you will undertake your ASYE with reduced caseloads, regular supervision, a dedicated Practice Educator and a comprehensive programme of learning and development. Your second year offers further professional development and practice educator support. Throughout the two-year programme, you’ll have further development days and shadowing opportunities with your cohort to allow you to continue to learn together and support each other. 


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.


Want to find out more? Please visit our website. 

How to apply:


Applications are open now with interviews and assessment days held on a rolling basis.


Training start dates are available in January, May, August, September and October 2020. You are welcome to apply whilst your social work qualifications are in progress. You will be able to state on your application when you may expect to receive your qualifications. If successful at interview you will be asked which cohort you would like to join. 

In your application, we want to hear about your social work placements and the learning that you have gained from those experiences. The 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.

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.

Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment rules for Children's Services, 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. 

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