‘Step up to Social Work’ though a funded Social Work programme

Poster for social work qualification with male smiling

The Kent and Medway Regional Partnership has opened recruitment for 20 aspiring social workers to join the Step Up to Social Work programme in January 2024.

Step up to social work is an intensive, 14-month, full-time programme run by the Department for Education (DoE).

If you do not have a social work degree but want to become a social worker, this is the programme for you.  Aspiring social workers will learn through a combination of academic study and real social work experience in either Kent or Medway Local Authority. On completion, the Postgraduate Diploma will enable graduates to register and practice as a social worker.

This is a unique opportunity to earn while you learn, as the DoE provides funding via a tax-free bursary payment of £19,833, over the duration of the programme, and payment of University fees for successful applicants.

The Kent and Medway Regional Partnership is currently accepting applications for a January 2024 start. You have until noon (UK time) on Monday 3 April to apply.

Social work is both a challenging and rewarding career, through which you can make a real difference for vulnerable children and families.

Find out if you think you have what it takes to  ‘Step Up’ to social work by visiting our website.

(this page was updated on Friday 17 March to reflect the extended closing date – originally 24 March)

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