'Step Up' to social work

Our children's services team are seeking motivated graduates to join the Step Up to Social Work programme to help make a difference in the city's communities.

The 14-month training programme is a full-time course designed for people who want to become a social worker but do not have a degree in social work.

Successful applicants train through a combination of academic study and hands on social work experience.

The Step Up programme is backed by a £25m investment by the Department for Education to help support individuals looking to enter the social work profession.

Individuals will be financially supported with training costs and a bursary of £19,833 over the duration of the programme to support them while in training.

Furthermore, those who complete the programme will be guaranteed an interview for a social work post at the council and East Sussex County Council.

Applications are encouraged from all sections of the community, but particularly from candidates who identify as Black and global majority, disabled, trans or male, as they are under-represented in the workforce.

Making a difference

Councillor Hannah Allbrooke, chair of the children, young people & skills committee, said: "Social work is a challenging career but incredibly rewarding as it makes a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families in the city.

"The Step Up programme will offer those interested in social work the pathway to a long-term career but will also help ensure the city continues to have a highly skilled workforce, which plays a crucial role in supporting some of the city's most vulnerable people."

Open Evening event

Potential candidates can join an online open evening event on Thursday 9 March, 5pm to 6.30pm to find out more.

Previous 'Step Up' trainees will share their experiences of training on the programme and working in children's services.

Attendees will be able to ask questions of principal social workers and key academic staff who work in the sector.

How to book

Potential candidates can book a place at the Open Evening event by emailing sw.admissions@sussex.ac.uk.

For more information on eligibility and to apply for the programme, candidates can go to the DfE recruitment website.

Recruitment is now open, and the closing date for applications is Friday 24 March 2023.