NEWLY QUALIFIED AND UNEMPLOYED SOCIAL WORKERS
SOCIAL WORK READINESS PROGRAMME
A partnership programme between the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) and Health and Welfare Sector, Education and Training Authority (HWSETA)
The employers have been raising concerns about the readiness and preparedness of newly qualified recruits, based on the requisite skills of newly qualified graduates in general. Social workers were not spared from this view by employers. This prompted a national initiative to bridge the gap and be responsive to the concerns by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) in partnership with the Health and Welfare Sector, Education and Training Authority (HWSETA).
The SACSSP’s Professional Board for Social Work and HWSETA engaged different stakeholders such as Universities, experienced and veteran social workers, non-governmental organisations and community based organisations, to develop a Social Work Readiness Programme for newly qualified and unemployed social workers.
The purpose of the Social Work Readiness Programme is to enhance and facilitate the employability of unemployed social workers and newly qualified social workers through a custom designed capacity development programme that focuses on knowledge, skills and experience to support their readiness and transition to employment.
The Programme aims to promote an understanding of organisational structure and culture, clarify roles and responsibilities, and promote interdependent collaborations in line with the mandate and strategic objectives of the employers. It further recognises that induction is a key factor in increasing retention of social workers in the sector.
The Social Work Readiness Programme will commence in the following four provinces and interested social workers from each of these provinces are invited to apply in the pilot phase of this programme:
• North West
• Limpopo and
The criteria to participate in the Social Work Readiness Programme are:
• A four-year Bachelors Degree in Social Work.
• Registered with SACSSP as a social worker.
• Currently unemployed as a social worker (graduated since 2015 and to date are still unemployed) or is newly qualified (completed studies in social work end of 2020).
You are invited, if you meet the criteria, to apply and participate in the Social Work Readiness Programme by submitting the following to the SACSSP at SWRP@sacssp.co.za before/on the closing date:
• Completed application form (Form E.2.8.1)- available on website
• Certified copy of qualification in social work
• Updated curriculum vitae (CV)
• Letter of motivation (why you should be considered)
Any enquiries should be directed to Ms A Williams at the SACSSP at email SWRP@sacssp.co.za or at telephone 012-356 8300
CLOSING DATE: 12 December 2021
Enrolment into the Social Work Readiness Programme is FREE