The Step up to Social Work programme is recruiting now.
The Step up to Social Work programme is recruiting now.

Aspiring Hull social workers invited to ‘step up’ to social work

People from Hull are being encouraged to ‘Step up to Social Work’ through a government scheme.

Hull City Council’s social workers provide life changing care and support to our city’s most vulnerable children and families. Social work is both a challenging and rewarding career, providing a fantastic opportunity to make a lasting difference to the lives of our children.

The national ‘Step up to Social Work’ programme is a unique opportunity for graduates to receive support while training for a new career in social work. It is a 14-month programme which offers hands-on experience of working in a real-life social work role through placements in social work teams, alongside academic study. Those who successfully complete the course are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, enabling them to apply to register and practice as a social worker.

The Department for Education covers the cost of tuition on the programme and provides a tax-free bursary of £19,833, paid over the duration of the programme. 

Recruitment for the programme will open in late February 2023, with regional assessment centres scheduled for June/July 2023 and the programme starting in January 2024. The programme runs once every two years, dependent on government funding, so don’t miss out on the chance to apply.

Why choose to train and work as a social worker in Hull?

Hull is a great place to live and work – check out the Hull City Council website for find out why.

Hull is also a great place to practice social work. The council has supported 16 students so far on the ‘Step up to Social Work’ programme. All have then obtained jobs as social workers with the council and successfully completed their assessed first year in practice. Ofsted’s most inspection has confirmed that the city’s social workers enjoy working in Hull, they feel valued and part of the service. Good work is celebrated and the retention and learning and development offers are well received.

Through the new Hull Social Work Academy and over 50 practice educators, the council now has an excellent reputation for welcoming and nurturing student social workers and for providing ongoing support to ensure their continuing learning and development during their first year post-qualification and beyond.

Take the first step in ‘stepping up’ with Hull City Council and contact to speak directly to a member of the academy team about the step-up programme or about working as a social worker in Hull.

Councillor Linda Tock, portfolio holder for Children’s Services at Hull City Council said: “The Step up to Social Work scheme is a great opportunity for people in Hull who have been considering a career in social work. This fast-track programme will help us add more dedicated and talented staff to our fantastic team of social workers.”

If you think you have what it takes to ‘step up’ to social work, then visit the Step up to Social Work website to find out more. Applications close at noon on Monday 3 April.

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