More than two thirds of Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) who took part in the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (AYSE) would recommend it to their peers.
In a new report, commissioned by Skills for Care, NQSWs said they would tell others that the ASYE gave them structured support and guidance during their first year on the frontline, time for reflection and vital peer support.
Skills for Care in partnership with the Department for Education supports employers to provide the ASYE programme which was a key recommendation from the Social Work Task Force in 2009.
The report also highlights how the AYSE helped NQSWs develop into capable social workers and provides the basis for a good probationary period and continuing professional development.
NQSWs identified a range of benefits the main one being the development of professional confidence as they began to manage their own caseloads. Assessors and supervisors reported that the main benefit was the development of their own Continuing Professional Development.
The report by HOST Policy Research also included a series of case studies which provide clear indicators of key elements of good practice in implementing the ASYE.
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “This is a comprehensive and positive evaluation of the ASYE’s implementation focusing on the experiences of those who took part which shows that although the programme is popular there is no room for complacency as we continue to embed the programme across the profession.
“We are fully committed to implementing the recommendations made in the report, but I know from my own experience as a social worker how tough that first year can be. I’m confident the positive response to the ASYE will help the sector retain and develop the skills of the next generation of social workers who are pivotal to the high quality care and support people in our communities have a right to expect.”
To download the summary report go to http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/asyeevaluationreport