Cheshire scheme to offer children’s social worker training

Cheshire West and Chester Council wants to hear from people who are passionate about making a difference as a children’s social worker.

‘Step up to Social Work’ – a programme being run by the authority in partnership with the Children’s Workforce Development Council – offers people educated to degree level, with experience working with children, a chance to train as a social worker.

Graduates with a 1st or 2:1 degree in any discipline and carrying some previous experience working with children and young people, either volunteering or through employment can apply for the placement.

Social WorkThe programme offers a unique chance to allow graduates to study for a Masters in Social Care whilst also gaining an intensive hands-on experience. Allowing them to make the transition into the profession which makes a real difference to people’s lives.

Five successful Cheshire West and Chester applicants will receive a minimum of £15,000 in bursary fees to support them whilst they study for their Masters. They will also be competing for a work placement within Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Councillor Mark Stocks, Executive Member for Education and Children, said: “Social work an immensely rewarding job that has a direct and important impact on the lives of children and young people.

“It takes a special kind of person to build relationships and gain the trust of vulnerable young people. We’re looking for people who are passionate about making a difference and can demonstrate maturity and emotional resilience.

“The programme is intensive and hands-on and is ideal for highly educated people who are looking for a change of direction into an incredibly worthwhile career.”

Applications must be received between August 1 and 29 2011. Enquiry sessions will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at the Council’s HQ building on 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP, at 1pm, 2pm and 5pm.

For further information visit: or telephone Christine Burkett on 01244 973256.