More than ten people applied for every place on a fast track social work training scheme, a minister has announced.
Announced in 2014, the course did not begin until January. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has now revealed that there were no less than 4,306 applications for the 400 places available on the course – a ratio of 10.8 applicants for every place. The Minister of State for Children and Families revealed the huge demand in response to a question from Labour MP Stephen Timms.
The government has now promised to increase the number of places available on future versions of the course: there will be 500 available from 2018, a jump of more than 37 per cent.
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