Wiltshire council’s inspiring new social worker development model

"Wiltshire is leading the way in social worker development. Our creative, group-led approach is unique amongst local authorities and it’s doing great things for the development of our people and our service."

"The first year as a social worker can be an intimidating prospect. That’s why, when newly qualified social workers join us for their assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE), they join an innovative new scheme designed for mutual support and enhanced learning.

"In our ‘Pod’ system each pod consists of four newly qualified social workers and one experienced mentor who takes on the new role of Aspiring Manger. The inductees can learn from each other and the group leader, whilst the group leader can gain leadership and management experience that will help them towards the next level in their own career. It’s really a win-win."

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