The North Yorkshire County Council in the United Kingdom has recruited 29 qualified social workers from South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The first group of social workers arrived in Harrogate towards the end of last year and the second group arrived in January and February of this year.
The new arrivals have been given three weeks of training and will also be assisted to settle in the United Kingdom.
The Harrogate Advertiser quoted North Yorkshire County Council’s Conservative executive member for health and adult services, Councillor Michael Harrison, as saying:
We have recruited 29 qualified social workers from South Africa and Zimbabwe using a network of specialist agencies and working alongside other councils.
They will work across the county in what is a great opportunity to help this group of professional social workers further their careers in North Yorkshire whilst filling vacancies in specialist areas where there is a national workforce shortage.
We will monitor the success of this recruitment campaign closely, whilst continuing to advertise our current vacancies regionally and nationally.
The report says the North Yorkshire County Council decided to recruit social workers from Zimbabwe and South Africa after several large recruitment campaigns in the United Kingdom for more than 30 social worker vacancies had “very limited” success.
The report says the new recruits were also often newly qualified social workers and were not yet ready to manage more complex work.
On any given day, there are at least 1 000 care jobs available across the United Kingdom.
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