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Why you should start your social work career in Oxfordshire

A sponsored feature from Oxfordshire County Council

Get your social work career off to the very best start by applying to join Oxfordshire’s assessed and supported year in employment programme (ASYE).

As a newly qualified social worker at Oxfordshire County Council, you won’t just be joining a fantastic children’s social care team – you will be gaining access to the very best professional development and career opportunities.

That’s because we’ve just launched our new Social Work Academy to bring together inspiring, cutting edge training and industry-leading research for our social workers.

The academy is designed to make Oxfordshire a centre of excellence for children’s social care, improve outcomes for children and families, and make the county a place where social workers can excel and grow – just like our two deputy directors who started out here as a social worker and as a team manager.

Training that’s about you

We want our newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) to stay and grow their careers with us.

That’s why we have developed a pioneering induction and assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) programme, to demonstrate right from the start how much we value you.

What we offer NQSWs

– Training tailored to you
– A role of your choice during your ASYE
– One-to-one support to help your realise your potential
– Teams that look out for each other
– Training delivered by academics for Oxford’s two universities
– A beautiful, diverse and well-connected place to live

Apply to join Oxfordshire’s ASYE programme today

It’s also why you’ll be recruited into specific roles that you have chosen and applied for.

“The council doesn’t do one-size-fits-all training – it’s all about you,” says trainee social worker Crispin. “I am challenged in a positive way to realise my potential at this early stage in my career. I am supported within the team, giving me the vision to see obstacles as an opportunity to grow in a positive direction.”

We recognise that starting a career in frontline social work can be daunting so we give NQSWs a foundation of knowledge and support that helps them bridge the gap between learning and practise.

One-to-one support

We provide all our NQSWs with an intensive, six-week induction to enable you to find your feet, get to know colleagues and shadow teams across our service.

Throughout your first year you will receive one-to-one support to ensure your progress is on track, as well as receiving support and feedback from a group of colleagues. You’ll be receiving all the learning and development you need to prepare you for your career in children’s social work.

“I enjoy working for Oxfordshire County Council because it is like a family – we stick together and work as a team,” says social worker Charlotte. “We look out for one another and that’s what makes our jobs that little bit easier.”

Our Social Work Academy also has close ties with Oxford’s two universities, with academic staff delivering some of your training.

We support all students to have a quality placement experience with us and strongly encourage them to apply for the ASYE year with us.

The place to be

Oxfordshire is a beautiful county rich in history and culture with a cosmopolitan city, traditional market towns and picturesque open landscapes. Rural yet diverse, Oxfordshire’s communities generate the same variety of cases a social worker might expect from anywhere else in the country.

Our social work bases at Oxford, Bicester, Banbury, Didcot and Witney are all well connected by major roads and public transport. Both London and Birmingham are also just an hour away by train from Oxford.

So if you’re a student or simply keen to find out more about getting into children’s social care, please get in touch with us at workforus@oxfordshire.gov.uk. We think you’ll find that Oxfordshire is the place to be.

Oxfordshire takes NQSWs onto its ASYE programme in April, July and October every year. Get your social work career off to the very best start by applying to join Oxfordshire’s assessed and supported year in employment programme (ASYE).

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