About the role
Social Work graduates, our Adult Social Care services want you!
If you’re looking for an innovative and supportive employer to start your social work career with, then Cambridgeshire County Council is the place to be.
We’re recruiting now to the 2024 cohort of Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) across Cambridgeshire’s Adult’s services.
We have opportunities in a range of services including Transfer of Care, Adult Community Team and Mental Health. Our 0-25 Service including Children with Disabilities and Young Adult's Teams also falls within our Adult Social Care Teams. Please specify on your application if you have an interest in our 0-25 Service.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at New Shire Hall the week of the 18th of March 2024 – please be aware we are unable to facilitate virtual interviews.
So that you can learn more about our ASYE programme, we welcome you to attend our introduction event on Wednesday 7th February at 16:00. To sign up to this event please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adults-newly-qualified-social-worker-asye-introduction-event-tickets-801330068807
For more information or to chat about this opportunity please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will you be doing?
As a NQSW in our teams, you'll use your skills, knowledge, and experience to manage a range of cases. You'll work directly with adults, informal carers, and their families along with other stakeholders and partners. Your caseload will be varied, allowing you the opportunity and experience to grow as a practitioner and develop your skills and confidence. You'll co-work more complex caseloads alongside experienced Social Workers helping you make the right decisions when it matters most.
We believe that the ASYE programme is a crucial part of your professional development, that's why our NQSW's undertaking their ASYE are given a reduced workload to enable time for learning and development. The comprehensive programme has been designed to enhance your skills, knowledge and capability and strengthen your professional confidence.
During the 12-month ASYE programme, you will receive regular, high quality, reflective supervision (weekly for the first 13 weeks; then fortnightly thereafter). You'll be observed on multiple occasions which affords the opportunity to involve service users and/or carers in your assessment. You'll complete Critical Reflection Logs, which are fundamental in developing critical reflective practice. You'll also complete quarterly Professional Development Plans to support you through the programme. You will take part in Action learning sets and have access to Portfolio Development and workshop sessions that will ensure you have all of the knowledge and training you need to complete your ASYE.
We’re committed to innovative ways of working and welcome like-minded people to join our dedicated and motivated workforce.
Our roles are based across Cambridgeshire. Flexibility will be needed as to where you are deployed, to give you the very best ASYE experience.
We encourage candidates currently learning to drive to apply under the provision that they will have passed their driving test by the end of August 2024.
The deadline for applications is midnight on 3rd March 2024.
The cohort of teaching is planned to start in September 2024 and candidates are required to have registered with Social Work England in order to start their ASYE. However, you may be employed in an 'alternatively qualified’ social care role until your degree results are obtained after which you can then register with Social Work England and register to start your ASYE.
Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We offer an excellent package of support for NQSWs, building a strong foundation to your professional social work career, including:
- High quality, regular individual and group supervision
- A structured training programme
- Action learning sets to help you translate your knowledge and skills into live practice
- Support from a dedicated ASYE co-ordinator during your first year in employment, alongside your manager and ASYE assessor
- 24 protected days for your ASYE programme
- Plus, 6 days of protected time each year to enable our Social Workers to maintain their Continuous Professional Development.
We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:
- Flexible working
- Flexible Bank Holidays
- A comprehensive wellbeing package
- Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
- A comprehensive pension scheme
- IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
- Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
- An employee recognition scheme
Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.
Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.
We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off. We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered. We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.
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