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Document Could I be eligible if I receive a retainer from a social care employer?

You're entitled to apply for a Social Work Bursary as long as all of the following apply:
  • The retainer is offered as an incentive to engage in employment with the retainer provider once the recipient qualifies as a social worker, and not as support towards the recipient’s social work training; and
  • The retainer is a documented contractual agreement between the retainer provider and the recipient. The contractual agreement indicates the recipient’s liability for paying back the retainer to the provider if they do not successfully complete their social work training and/or engage in employment with the retainer provider on qualifying as a social worker; and
  • The recipient is not and will not be engaged in employment, be contracted to, on a temporary assignment with or seconded to the organisation(s) providing the retainer, throughout the recipient’s social work training; and
  • The retainer is not funded from the CWDC or Department of Children, Schools and Families (via social work reform funds - for example the CWDC graduate recruitment scheme).
If you do receive a retainer and all of the above points apply you will need to arrange for a bursary retainer declaration form to be completed which is available on our website
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