Newly Qualified Social Worker

Newly Qualified Social Worker

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £29,055 per annum
  • Closing date: Wednesday April 10th, 2019 11:59pm
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Children’s Services
Various locations across Somerset – Taunton, Bridgwater, Shepton Mallet and Yeovil

37 hours per week

Salary: £29,055 per annum

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About us

Come and be part of our exciting enhanced ASYE programme. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to more graduating students than ever before. We are an organisation who are proud to say that we really do ‘grow our own’, and we are good at it. The ASYE scheme is not only about our Social Workers, but it is also an integral part of Somerset’s commitment to succession planning. We need Social Workers to be located throughout Somerset so please call to talk about locations.

About the job

You will begin your career with us straight in at a Grade 10 and a starting salary of £29,055. From day 1 you will be able to take advantage of the benefits of being an employed member of Somerset County Council staff, including staff discounts and a great pension. If you are relocating to Somerset in order to take up a position as a Newly Qualified Social Worker you would also be eligible for a relocation allowance. You will be expected to attend an interview; for further information on this you can contact the Consultant Social Workers leading the programme for a pre-discussion. We are an approachable organisation who wants our NQSW’s to succeed and then stay with us. This is a great opportunity for your career but also an important factor of providing the right support for vulnerable children and families in our county. The enhanced programme is Somerset’s next step to achieving a permanent quality work force. Somerset is also creating small teams of up to 4 Newly Qualified Social Worker’s led by a ‘Next Steps Team Manager’ who will have the time, enthusiasm and commitment to develop NQSW’s in a challenging and supportive environment. Part time hours may be considered for the right candidate.

About you

We want our students to have high aspirations and our NQSW’s to finish their Approved and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) having accessed the support available and which is assessed to the Knowledge and Skill Statements ready to become a fully-fledged social worker; but the support does not stop here as you will have access to mentor support for your second year along with high quality, mindful supervision. A valid UK driving licence is required, as you will need to travel to different locations in order to undertake the duties of the role.

Additional information

You can apply for the ASYE programme by CV to avoid having to complete a long application. If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please call Lorna Mawbey on 07900 226765 or Rachael Turner on 07976 690110 or email to request a call. For further information  You can read Somerset’s Children and Young People’s Plan 2016 – 2019 here  Follow this link to our partner’s site at Visit Somerset

What we’ll offer in return

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, computers, mobile phones and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.

Apply online at

Job ref no: APP00429/HC

Closing date: 10 April 2019