Careers in social work are now among the top 100 that graduates aspire to with Frontline being oversubscribed in its first year. It polled higher than Lloyds of London, Oxfam and Penguin Random House as preferred training providers. Frontline will train graduates to be children’s social workers within 13 months. It had 2,600 applicants for 100 vacancies.
Social care has sometimes had an unattractive image and scandals such as Winterbourne View only serve to highlight that there are times when it fails to attract the highest calibre of applicants. Vetting procedures and training initiatives since implemented have done much to eradicate poor practice and a fast track system targeting graduates can only be a good thing. Adding variety and depth to the talent pool will make it a more attractive proposition and not just as a career, for all stakeholders too!
Care in the community, an ageing population and better understanding of mental health are all contributing to a greater need for well trained and better qualified social care workers committed to those they care for and understand their real needs and aspirations. While graduates aspire for career development the people they care for also have aspirations of a better quality of life.
Investing in both training and changing the image of social care is important. The whole ubu ethos is based on the concept that if you treat a person as they are they will remain that way but treat them as they could be and they become what they should be.
That is as true for our enablers as it is for the people we serve and one reason we are constantly evolving our training and induction methods, is to ensure we get the best out of our people so they deliver the best support for the people we serve.
There is no typical ubu enabler. Our workforce comes in many forms. What matters is their commitment to supporting vulnerable adults and children to achieve their goal of greater independence and being part of their local community.
ubu has discovered talent in the people that work for us, very high calibre, non-university graduates but through our unique interview and induction process, we now have some amazing people who are making a very real difference to those most vulnerable and at risk in society.
Importantly, they play a key role in what we are delivering within society. Many members of our teams have been with us a long time and developed their own career paths as they have supported the people we serve. Their goals and aspirations have been achieved in parallel.
Raising standards and the image of health and social work is to be applauded but the government should not lose sight of the valuable work being done by ubu and other similar organisations. Work that enables vulnerable adults and children to live with greater independence, safely at the heart of their communities supported by the skilled team we have trained and invested in for many years.
As more graduates apply for Frontline’s fast track scheme I invite them to look at how they can help those most at risk in society with ubu in their bid to achieve their career goals.
Visit http://www.ubujobs.co.uk/could-you-help-lucy-or-james to put yourself on the frontline of career achievement.
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