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APSCo responds to new fast track social work scheme

APSCo responds to new fast track social work scheme  

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has expressed an air of caution surrounding the Government’s proposed fast track scheme for trainee social workers.

The & lsquo;Frontline’ scheme – which will offer high calibre graduates a five week intense training course, followed by hands-on work in a local authority for two years – will be piloted in 2014 according to education secretary, Michael Gove.

APSCo’s social work sector group, ASWEB –The Association of Social Work Employment Businesses - has expressed its own concerns over the viability of the scheme, however. James Brown, Chairman of SocialWork 2000 and Chair of the group says:

 “Whilst we welcome any initiatives to improve standards within the social work profession, Gove’s latest announcement appears to not only cut across the plans outlined in the 2010 Social Work Reform Board, but also fails to acknowledge the very real fact that social work is a profession which requires time and practice”.

Brown also notes that the huge investment this project is likely to involve ought to be spent attracting and training would be social workers more effectively: “At a time when social services are under chronic pressure, the Government should be investing in attracting the right calibre of candidates and ensuring they receive adequate levels of training required to perform what is a highly skilled and challenging job. A five week training course is, in our opinion, unlikely to do so and the Government should be asking itself whether it would fast track other critical professionals – doctors, for example – before it commits to this”.

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