18 / 6 / 2014 9.50am
Although social workers predominantly work outside health settings, many are employed in the NHS.
The Department of Health (DH) is continuing to provide funding support for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) for the 2014/15 financial year for employers of social workers in adult services.
The recently introduced ASYE helps newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) to develop their skills, knowledge and capability and strengthen their professional confidence. It provides them with access to regular and focused support during their first year of employment.
The overall budget for ASYE supporting employers has been maintained but the funding model for 2014/15 has changed from the demand led model used in previous years. The key changes are:
- The ASYE Grant funding will be dispersed using a formula to allocate funds as fairly as possible taking into account the size of the employer organisation and the number of NQSWs supported.
- DH requirements are that
- no employer should receive less than £1,000 per NQSW
- no employer should receive more than £2,000 per NQSW
- small voluntary sector organisations need additional support to ensure the support of NQSWs - the maximum threshold here will therefore be £3,000 per NQSW.
- The new process includes a pre-registration application which must be completed by Friday 25 July 2014 in order to receive ASYE funding.
- There will not be an Employer Transition Fund (ETF) – employers should use the ASYE Grant flexibly in developing and delivering their ASYE programme.
The ASYE Grant funding for adults services will be disbursed by Skills for Care, which has produced supporting information and guidance for employers. These include:
- a letter to employers providing an overview of the principles and the process for registration and funding for 2014/15
- frequently asked questions
- a pre -registration application that needs to be completed and returned by Friday 25 July 2014.
These documents, and further details can be found in the registration and funding section of the Skills for Care website.