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National scheme to recruit former social workers launches.

A national scheme to help former social workers return to the profession has been relaunched to help redress staff shortages.

The programme which was first piloted in 2017, is being coordinated by the Local Government Association in partnership with the Government Equalities Office and will offer free training and support to former social workers to enable them to restart their careers in local government.

Candidates have until 31 March to apply for the scheme to get a placement, mentoring and interview preparation to help them get back into social work with programmes being tailored to the individual dependant on how long trained social workers have been out of the profession.

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said “We are delighted to open up the scheme again after it proved so successful. Councils are desperate to get good-quality trained professionals on their books.”

More information on the scheme can be found here.