Social Work - Frontline Programme

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 08/12/2023 23:59
Tax and NI exempt bursary of £18,000 during the 13 month training period, then Grade 9, £31,099 - £34,723 when you join us as a Newly Qualified Social Worker
£2,000 welcome payment when you join us as a Newly Qualified Social Worker
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
An approved team location. Hybrid working options are available.
Number of posts:
Closing date:
8 Dec
Further Information
Why become a social worker?

Each year in England, social workers support over 700,000 children. These children, and their families, face some of the worst life chances. Children, young people and their families need support when they are going through difficult times. As a social worker, you’ll work directly with the most disadvantaged in society and empower them to bring about positive change in their lives.

On the programme you will:

• Earn while you train. Frontline cover all the costs of your training, including your master’s degree. You’ll receive a tax-exempt bursary in year one of £18,000; that’s equivalent to a salary of £21,000. From your second year you’ll be employed by us. Our newly qualified social workers start on Grade 9 £31,099 to £34,723 (pay award pending), with a £2,000 welcome payment made as a lump sum when you join us. After completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment you become eligible for progression to grade 11 which ranges from £36,298 - £40,478 (pay award pending).

• Receive high levels of support. In year one, you’ll work in a close-knit hub of trainees, managed by an experienced social worker and supported by your practice tutor. In year two, you’ll continue to meet regularly with your Frontline practice tutor and fellow trainees, while you work towards completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment with the support of our Social Work Academy. In year three, you can access leadership coaching to support you further as well as the support of our Social Work Academy.

• Gain skills and qualifications. You’ll learn new skills while working in one of our social work teams, putting theory into practice straight away. You’ll qualify as a social worker and complete a fully-funded master’s degree. With the support of experienced social workers and your peers, you’ll learn how to work with families to protect vulnerable children.

Why become a social worker in Durham?

As the largest local authority in the North East Durham has lots of opportunities for social workers, and we support a variety of routes into social work.

You can find out more about children’s Social Work in Durham on our webpage at: https://www.durham.gov.uk/childrenssocialwork

You can find out more about the other rewards and benefits available to you when you work in Durham including a generous leave entitlement of up to 32 days and access to the local government pension scheme at: https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/26895/Rewards-and-benefits

What are we looking for?

Frontline will be looking for your commitment to children and families, ability to work with people and ability to lead with sound judgement as well as your ability to manage your time effectively and your professional conduct.

To be eligible to apply you must:

• Have at least a 2.2 (predicted or obtained) in an undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent).
• Have obtained GCSE English Language at Grade C/4 or above (or approved equivalent qualification).
• Possess the right to work and study in the UK (including access to public funds) for the duration of the programme (until September 2027).
• Be resident in England by the time the programme commences.
• Not be a qualified social worker.

Diversity and inclusion

The Frontline programme draws its strength from diversity and difference. We are looking for people who can bring different perspectives and experiences to the programme and are committed to advocating for the diverse communities that social workers serve.

Ready to find out more?

To find out more about the Frontline programme and apply go to: https://thefrontline.org.uk/become-a-social-worker/frontline-programme/

To find out more about the Frontline programme in Durham contact Hazel Ostle, Workforce Development Manager by e-mail at hazel.ostle@durham.gov.uk or by telephone on 03000 262 306, or Claire Brown, Workforce Lead for Social Work Education by e-mail at claire.brown3@durham.gov.uk or by telephone on 03000 262 586.
Please note
This job is closed for applications.