Social work students: Are you about to finish your final placement?
Brighton and Hove is committed to excellence in social work education and practice development. We offer regular reflective supervision, comprehensive continuing professional development, including your ASYE, the chance to train as a Practice Educator and/or an Approved Mental Health Practitioner, depending on your aspirations.
We are recruiting to New Qualified Social Worker roles, with a chance to start your employment with us before you qualify, and if it suits you, as soon as you finish your placement*
About the role
Brighton is a challenging and rewarding place to work, our demographic is unique, and we are looking for social workers who can work creatively with people who may be in need of support, using relevant theory and legislation. Does that sound like you?
We have opportunities across our Adult Social Care services including in mental health, community teams, learning disability and hospital services
Here’s what NQSW’s say about working at BHCC:
‘I’ve found the BHCC ASYE programme to be an excellent start to my social work career. The cohort of NQSWs are an asset to the programme as it is comforting to have a group of people who are sharing the same experience.’
‘I was extremely surprised by the professional freedom I am given to practice how I want and I have been encouraged by everyone to try new things and be creative. Management have supported me and facilitated this.’
‘I like how Brighton and Hove is a small local authority so you get to know colleagues in other teams but they are still forward thinking in many ways.’
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
We look forward to meeting you. For an informal conversation about the roles, please contact Anna Bouch, Anna.Bouch@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Closing date: Midnight on 22 March 2023
If you are shortlisted you will need to attend from 9am til 3pm on one of two assessment centre days at Hove Town Hall. The days run on 31st March and 3rd April and will include a written task, a group discussion, and an interview.
*We may be able to employ you straight after placement in a post that doesn’t need a qualification. This will be a temporary contract initially, pending you passing your social work qualification at which point you will transfer onto a Social Worker permanent contract (subject to performance).
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
*For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).