The government has injected a further £6m into the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) for newly qualified social workers in England, to secure its short-term future.
It is now thought the scheme will extend until at least 2015, said the Department for Education, which jointly funds the ASYE with the Department of Health.
The ASYE aims to provide newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) with a good induction and additional professional development, as well as assessing their skills and ability at the end of their first year on the job.
It replaced the two separate children’s and adult NQSW support programmes in September 2012. The government initially provided £2,000 per NQSW to help employers implement the scheme.
An evaluation of the ASYE is expected in late autumn.