Case Study: Learning Unit – Student Unit and ASYE Programme


Case study from Birmingham City Council: Learning Unit – Student Unit and ASYE Programme

Birmingham is committed to the learning and development of all our staff.  It is important to us to invest in workers at the start of their career and so embed the knowledge and skills required to develop skilled practitioners.  This involves not only investing in the new workers but also the skills and knowledge of the assessors.

We have developed 2 senior practitioner roles –

  • Senior Practitioner Education (SPEd) who work closely with the Universities, directly support 8 students and support the practice educators in the wider social work teams.
  • Senior Practitioner ASYE who work with the West Midland External Moderation Partnership and provide direct support to ASYEs via workshops and action learning sets. They also act as advisors, and mentors if required, to the line managers of the ASYEs.

Birmingham provides 90 student placements per year. This covers Degree and Post Graduate Social Work courses, Step Up and Think Ahead.

Our partnership work with the Universities around the social work training has been recognised as a positive development by both Birmingham City University and University of Birmingham. Birmingham City University this year (2016) nominated us of 2 awards which we won.

  • Tutor nominated ‘contribution to social work education’ – The SPEd Team
  • Student nominated ‘Practise Educator’ – one of the SPEd.

We currently have over 80 social workers registered on the ASYE scheme.  Since the scheme started we have had 132 social workers who have successfully completed the programme, a 98% success rate.  Of these, 28% have been promoted into specialist and management posts.


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