Working in Torbay as an ASYE Social Worker, we ensure all ASYE Social Workers receive a robust induction, for a 4 week period – described by a recently appointed colleague as ‘a really supportive start’. Our aim is to provide you with an Assessed and Supported Year in Employment with the emphasis on your development! From the outset the learner agreement will set out what you understand to be your learning needs following the completion of your qualifying social work degree.

This process will include reviewing the Knowledge and Skills Statements to ensure we target those areas you need support in most. Following this you will be able to review your learning needs at at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months as you become more experienced and confident in practice. You’ll be supported with regular supervision, high quality learning and development opportunities – with protected time.

Within Torbay we’re a little unique and we have an established Joint Preceptorship that enables you to access four days of learning and development with newly qualified health professionals such as health Visitors and midwives. This has proved a successful way to support newly qualified professionals in developing quality multi-agency working practices. We know from our health colleagues’ inspection that this approach doesn’t happen anywhere else in the country.

Torbay can also offer you cutting edge technology to support you within your role, and if this makes you nervous don’t worry there is IT training on hand to support this area too.

We have a relationship with Plymouth University, where we have for many years been involved in the future of potential social workers. This is from assisting in the interview stage of students into the University to providing statutory placements for student social workers as they progress through their degree.  

We have a successful ‘Grow your Own Scheme’ for colleagues who wish to train as social workers and this will be developed and expanded by exploring the option of social work apprenticeships with the Open University from 2020.  

Torbay took its first Step-Up to Social Work students in 2018 and will continue to invest in this scheme which allows graduates from other professions such as teaching to fast track their social work qualification.  

We are looking to introduce from September 2020 specific posts for Trainee Social Workers who will be paid a salary alongside having their University fees paid. The period of training will be around three years but in order to undertake these roles candidates will be expected to sign a contract where they are committed to working for Torbay as a qualified social worker, for a minimum of two years post qualifying. 

We are developing a Return to Social Work scheme to assist social workers who may have had a period away from the profession return to social work. This would consist of a comprehensive training and development programme to ensure that candidates are ready to re-enter social work.