Apply Any Time!
APPLY ANY TIME!
If you are driven by a desire to positively
change children’s lives, then please note that Bedford Borough
Council is seeking social workers who would like to work in a
service that is determined to make a difference to people's lives.
The Council has re-launched their ‘apply any time’ website which
outlines what Bedford Borough Council has to offer an experienced
social worker – listing reasons why individuals would want to work
in the borough.
The re-launched site promotes a new career
progression scheme and an easier route to apply for vacant
posts. The site contains information about Bedford, what
it’s like working for Bedford Borough and the opportunities for
social workers to join at all levels. Individuals can
literally apply any time and their application will be assessed
within a week. If suitable, individuals will be invited to
interview and, if successful, offered a post with the service.
The Council also recently launched a Career
Progression Scheme for social work professionals.
Karen Siggers, Social Worker at Bedford
Borough Council said: “Bedford Borough Council is excellent at
investing in their staff. I have been working within Children’s
Services here for the past eight years and I have now completed my
Masters in Social Work and Practise Teacher training. All
Children’s Services departments work on the same floor, which makes
it very easy to access support and advice from colleagues
throughout the day. The salary is good and competitive and the
benefits are great. If it wasn’t for the Car Loan Scheme, I
wouldn’t have a car and I know many other local authorities don’t
offer this. The working environment is friendly and managers are
extremely approachable. There is an ‘open door’ policy, and again,
this makes you feel both valued and supported.”
Sarah Hourigan, Social Worker at Bedford
Borough Council said: “I applied for my post through the ‘apply
anytime’ scheme and I found the process straightforward. I got an
interview within a month of applying. Career progression has
rocketed since new managers have been in place and management
listen to ideas and incorporate staff suggestions. Individuals very
much count in terms of decision-making. Your experience gained from
doing the job, is recognised. It is a busy role and there are
pressures, which is why having a staff lounge, staff canteen and
the town centre just 5 minutes away, all help to relieve the
stresses of the job. Such facilities allow you to reflect and
unwind within beautiful surroundings.”
Kevin Crompton, Director of Children’s and
Adults’ Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “We support our
social workers every step of the way in order for them to become
the best they can be. We want Bedford Borough to be the place where
Social Care Professionals want to work, develop, and stay,
so we are looking for individuals with vast potential.
Bedford Borough Council offers a clearly defined career path,
following the recent launch of our Career Progression Scheme.
Our investment in the scheme ensures we have a social care
workforce that is skilled and knowledgeable, equipped to provide
high quality services to help children, young people and vulnerable
adults get the best possible outcomes.”
The Council is on a fast moving improvement
journey and will launch the Bedford Social Work Academy later in
the year, which will see 10 social workers make the transition from
University to the frontline, under the supervision of two
Applications will be accepted at any time. If
you would like an informal discussion about any of the
opportunities, please contact the Recruitment Team on 01234
To view the re-launched website visit
(then click on ‘Jobs and Careers’, ‘Social Work