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Timeline :: Step Up to Social Work introduced in England

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This graduate recruitment scheme started in 2010. It targets career switchers who do not have a background in social care but who have some experience of working with children and young people.

  • The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 degree or a 2:2 plus a higher level qualification.
  • Trainees complete a post-graduate diploma (and social work qualification) over 14 months.
  • Candidates receive a grant (around £19,000) and have their tuition fees paid.
  • The curriculum is devised by regional partnerships of councils and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

A Community Care overview of the new fast-track schemes is available here.