Newly Qualified Social Worker


Newly Qualified Social Worker

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £29,636 per annum
  • Closing date: Tuesday August 20th, 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: £29,636 per annum

For more information on careers in social care at Somerset County Council visit our dedicated website: https://www.socialcareandmore.co.uk/

About us

Join us and be part of our enhanced Assessed and Supported Year In Employment (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 £29,636. 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 may 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 (CSW) leading the programme for a pre-discussion. Their details are below.

We are an approachable organisation which wants our NQSWs to thrive in the ASYE programme and then stay with us. This is a great opportunity for your career but also an important factor in 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. Part time hours may be considered for the right candidate.

About you

We want our NQSWs to have high aspirations and a willingness to learn and develop. You will be supported by your allocated Consultant Social Worker (CSW), your Team Manager and your team to achieve your potential. Opportunities for a varied but protected caseload will be offered enabling you to complete the ASYE. You are required to complete a portfolio which is assessed against the DfE Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS); study time is provided allowing time to undertake research, to reflect and to complete portfolio paperwork.

Once you have completed your ASYE, the support does not stop there 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 Maxine Morgan on 07890 581208 or Lorna Mawbey on 07900 226765 or email recruitment@somerset.gov.uk to request a call.

For further information https://www.socialcareandmore.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Somersets-assessed-and-supported-year-in-practice-December-2017.pdf

You can read Somerset’s Children and Young People’s Plan 2016 – 2019 http://www.somerset.gov.uk/policies-and-plans/plans/children-and-young-peoples-plan/ – the new plan will be available soon.

Follow this link to our partner’s site at Visit Somerset http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/

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.

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 https://www.somerset.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/our-vacancies/job-details/?jobId=856

Closing date: 20 August 2019

The interview date will be 27 August 2019, please keep this date free if you are applying.

Job ref no: SCC00697HC

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