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Fast-track social work scheme opens for applications

Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson reports the fifth cohort of the ‘Step up to Social Work’ initiative which will start in January 2018, asking for graduates to apply before 5 May. There are 550 places available (400 more than the previous cohort) for the 14-month course and trainees will receive a bursary of more than £19,000. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 degree, or a 2:2 degree alongside a higher degree, such as a master's degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

He believes this initiative offers an incredible opportunity to start a career helping children and families and looks forward to engaging with the next generation of social workers who will be transforming lives.

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for children and families welcomes the initiative and pleased that the programme is inspiring more people to this challenging and fulfilling career.