Feb 2015 - Guidelines for Mentors in BASW (BASW mentoring scheme for Newly Qualified Social Workers)

The BASW mentoring scheme is very specific and was established in 2011 to support NQSWs who have not been able to find employment as a social worker. The purpose for BASW developing a mentoring scheme for NQSWs was to support NQSWs who have recently graduated and were finding it difficult to find work as a social worker.

The situation of large numbers of NQSWs finding it very difficult to find work came about very quickly and was the consequence of the recession and oversupply of social workers graduating. The situation has improved somewhat in the last three years, with more employers encouraging NQSWs to apply for posts, growth in the ASYE scheme and some reduction in the number of graduates; however, NQSWs still report that when jobs are advertised the adverts often say that applicants must have a least two years post qualifying experience as a social worker. BASW have consistently been of the view that this is a very short sighted perspective, as there are distinct advantages to having a good balance of experienced and NQSWs in a social work team. BASW have raised these issues strongly with employers and policy makers.

NQSWs told BASW that they want:

  • An opportunity to talk through the career choices open to them and how they may best prioritise their efforts in finding work
  • How to best promote oneself in an application form
  • Advice regarding interview skills, including presentation skills
  • To be able to keep their social work skills and identity alive if not in a social work role
  • Support to keep confidence and motivation going
  • Information about how to access ASYE programmes
  • Mechanisms to support each other and information about where can they get support from?

Published : 28th February 2015*

Publisher : British Association of Social Workers  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : British Association of Social Workers

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