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Somerset County Council

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Come and ‘Try Before You Apply’ at Somerset County Council

Children playing together on beach

A sponsored feature from Somerset County Council

Want to find out what life could be like in a council where morale is increasing and outcomes are improving?

Then come to Somerset and join us for our ‘Try Before You Apply’ day on 24 July.

The day will give post-AYSE qualified social workers the chance to meet potential colleagues, learn about the improvements we are making, and get a first-hand taste of what it is like to live and work in Somerset.

After our last ‘Try Before You Apply’ day, all of our visitors were inspired to apply for posts within our children’s services team.

One of the visitors called the day was a “fantastic idea”, adding: “I may not have attended for the interview due to distance but really pleased I did. I could see myself sat here in these offices.”

Another said: “It was really useful to see the place of work in the flesh. Seeing the actual place where you will spend your working life. I can walk from the railway station. I could check out my journey to and from work.”

Try Before You Apply

When: 10am Monday 24 July 2017
Where: County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

We will pay for accommodation the night before so you can breakfast with the other visitors, reimburse your travel costs, and provide lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Places are limited because we want those attending to get the most from their time with us.

To find out more and secure your place on our ‘Try Before You Apply’ day, phone Claire Nuttall on 01823 359 379 or email

You can also see what social work jobs we currently have available.

A motivated workforce

At the day, you will find out how our structured support offer for qualified social workers and our commitment to reducing caseloads means staff are staying and continuing their career at Somerset County Council.

You will learn how we support social workers with our strong emphasis on reflective supervision both for individuals and for groups.

And you will also discover how we foster a professional and motivated workforce, who deliver good quality social work and leadership at all levels.

Meet our social workers

In the morning you will get to see part of our beautiful county. In the afternoon you will spend time with our social workers and operational staff, who can tell you all about our working environment and the vulnerable children and families that we support.

We are keen for you to see how far we have come on our journey to improve outcomes for children, young people and families in Somerset.

The journey is not over yet and we need resilient social workers who focus on person-centred support and relationship-based practice to help us on the way.