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South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership

Social workers looking to progress their careers in the profession can take advantage of Lincolnshire County Council’s alliance with The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership (SYTP).

The SYTP is a partnership between the following institutions:

  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Doncaster Children’s Services Trust
  • And of course, Lincolnshire County Council Children’s Service.

The partnership is designed to raise standards in social work, deliver high quality training for students and newly qualified social workers working in children’s, families’ and adults’ services. SYTP supports students by offering them guaranteed statutory placements and student workshops.

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield has been in partnership with SYTP since 2015 and offers bespoke employer led CPD which supports existing permanent social workers to maintain their CPD for HCPC registration.  Lectures are delivered on site to social workers and other staff on site in Lincolnshire.

Modules are accredited and are bite sized and can be attained over a six-year period for social workers to gain their MA.  The university also deliver a BA Hons in Social Work apprenticeship degree from March 2019 and Lincolnshire have offered opportunities to 10 applicants. The university also offers an MA in social work. The University of Sheffield Management School which is in the top 1% of management schools globally deliver a bespoke post graduate certificate in leadership and management specifically for SYTP.  Local authorities would not normally have been able to access this course due to restricted budgets.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University came into the Partnership in 2018 and offer masterclasses and learning sessions to other vocationally qualified employees to support their CPD and career pathway.  The partnership offers an opportunity for local authorities to collaborate and commission cost effective training from universities so that everyone benefits. The university offers a BA Hons in social work.

Under SYTP, students can gain credits non-academically – so from paid and voluntary work experience, a task undertaken, non-accredited courses, in-house training, travel, hobbies, or reading and research. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

All CPD modules are accredited at level 7, and students can build up credits towards a range of postgraduate qualifications including a certificate, diploma or MA.

For information relating to CPD and masterclasses, contact Sally.Dean@sheffield.gov.uk

For information on apprenticeships and other social work vacancies in Lincolnshire contact Samantha.Clayton@lincs.gov.uk