Demand for places on fast-track children’s social worker training programmes is vastly outstripping supply.
In response to questions from Labour MP Stephen Timms, children’s minister Edward Timpson said that more than 15 people had applied for each of the 124 places available on the Frontline fast-track training programme in 2015.
Timpson also said that 4,306 people applied to join the Step Up to Social Work training programme in 2016.
Step Up to Social Work is expected to offer 550 places in its next cohort which starts in 2018. The number of Frontline places available in this year’s intake is 180.
“We aim to train over 3,000 new social workers through fast-track schemes” by April 2020, Timpson added.