People who are thinking of changing career and becoming a children's social worker are being encouraged to take advantage of a unique programme supported by the City of Wolverhampton Council.

The council, along with other West Midlands authorities, has partnered with Frontline to offer placements to participants undertaking an MA in social work. Successful candidates spend 2 years learning on the job and working within one of the country's most challenging and rewarding professions.

Although places on this year's intake are already allocated, would be participants can find out about next year's programme at a special event taking place in Birmingham next week.

Frontline is hosting a Career Changer Networking Evening, designed to give people from a variety of career backgrounds an opportunity to discover for themselves what the role of social work entails. They will also be able to find out more about the Frontline programme and prepare for the application process for places, which begins in September.

The Frontline Career Changer Networking Evening takes place next Tuesday (15 August, 2017) at The Studio Birmingham, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, from 6.30pm to 8pm. For more details, please visit Type=links;Linkid=8740;Title=Eventbrite - Frontline Career Changer;Target=_blank; or email

This year's Frontline cohort - Megan Rimmer, Natalia Rawlings, Satvir Panesar and Robert Whatton - are due to join the City of Wolverhampton Council on 4 September. During their first year, they will work towards a social work qualification whilst undertaking direct work with service users, and in their second year they will work towards a full Master's qualification.

Councillor Val Gibson, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Frontline on this important programme, which is pioneering a new approach to bringing talented individuals into the social work profession.

"We look forward to welcoming Megan, Natalia, Satvir and Robert to the council next month. Their on the job training will not only ensure they feel confident in what is a very challenging role, but will also help us further improve the already high standard of children's social work practice in Wolverhampton."

  • released: Tuesday 8 August, 2017