A new campaign is underway to recruit social workers and other children’s services workers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The campaign called Shape Stoke’s Future aims to recruit more than 40 permanent members of staff to jobs where traditionally there is a shortage. The issue isn’t a Stoke-on-Trent specific one – there is a shortage of workers for children’s services nationally. This has been more pronounced with the return of some workers to EU countries following changes to living and working in the UK as a non-resident.

Roles available through the campaign include residential care workers, a range of social work roles, care managers as well as care and quality workers.

Newly qualified social workers, ambitious employees looking for the next steps, experienced social workers who want to have the opportunity for the next exciting steps in their careers and those looking to return to social work are all being targeted through the campaign.

As part of the approach, a dedicated website has been set up to showcase the jobs and outline why now is a great time to join Stoke-on-Trent City Council. It will see extensive social media advertising targeting potential candidates working both in the city and surrounding areas up to 45 minutes commuting distance from the city alongside other advertising and media activity to attract applications.

Benefits for people joining the organisation are outlined in full with new employees getting:  Opportunity to help and support children in the city, A way to make their mark by shaping practice and next steps in an exciting local authority, Exposure to opportunities that employees wouldn’t get elsewhere, An immediate chance to gain significant experience at pace, An ability to be part of the Stoke-on-Trent story that is interesting, diverse and challenging and Professional development in an environment that is hugely supportive

Councillor Dave Evans, cabinet member for children and young people at Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “At Stoke-on-Trent, we’re undergoing a huge transformation to improve our children’s services. It’s an exciting place for individuals to come and help to shape Stoke-on-Trent’s future. There are a range of jobs on offer and we want people to want to come and work with us. It’s a hugely competitive marketplace but we know that if you come to work here, you’ll have an amazing experience. With coronavirus, experienced people may find themselves without a job or be seeking to change what they do. We’d urge you to take a look and see if the jobs we’ve got on offer are right for you. Social workers do what they do because they care about children. There is no organisation more dedicated to children than Stoke-on-Trent City Council. There is, I think, nowhere else that you’ll be supported more from a professional, political and a city point of view. If you want to make a massive difference to children, then Stoke-on-Trent is the place for you to come. You’ll have an opportunity to really shape the future for a generation of children and we know that’s what dedicated workers really want to do.”

Find out more about the new campaign and jobs on offer at: https://shapestokesfuture.co.uk/

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