The Children’s Workforce Development Council has launched a fund to help high-flying graduates retrain as children and families social workers.
Under the Graduate Recruitment Scheme, the CWDC will provide 200 graduates across England with up to £15,000 for each year of a two-year masters’ degree.
Funding for the initiative was announced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, in its response last month to Lord Laming’s report on child protection.
Interested graduates must hold at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification, not be currently employed in social care and clearly demonstrate their interest in children’s social work.
A marketing campaign targeting local authorities and graduates is being launched this month. Applications are open until 31 August, with the first students beginning their studies in September.
The scheme is part of a three-year CWDC workforce reform programme to attract and retain high-quality children’s social workers in England, and the workforce development body said it would complement existing local authority recruitment initiatives.
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