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Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) 

By Gemma Raw

It can be daunting taking the leap from studying social work to be a full-time newly qualified social worker. That’s why the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (AYSE) programme was developed by Skills for Care. This is a 12-month, employer-led programme which supports newly qualified social workers as they consolidate their degree learning, develop capabilities, and strengthen their professional confidence.

The AYSE is open to all newly qualified social workers, whether they choose to work in the private, voluntary, or public sector. Although it is not compulsory, it is advised that you enrol in an AYSE scheme within your first two years of graduating. The purpose of the AYSE is to ensure that you can develop your career in a supportive environment. It will also demonstrate to your employer that you can apply your theoretical knowledge to a practical environment.

What should I expect from my AYSE?

During your AYSE, not only will you be given additional support and training from your employer, but you will also be given reduced caseloads as you make the transition from student social worker.

Throughout the year, your assessor will work with you to ensure that you are working competently, and you will undergo regular reviews. These will likely take place at three, six, and nine months. These reviews will provide an opportunity to identify your strengths and weaknesses and help you to become a better practitioner.

During each review, your assessor may ask to see a copy of your portfolio which should show evidence of your capabilities. This evidence should show how you are linking to the nine AYSE domains which are set out within the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

Suggestions of items to include within your portfolio include:

  • Written critical reflections

  • Supervision records

  • Evidence of direct observation

  • Work products

  • Feedback from other professionals or service users

Your evidence within your portfolio should help you understand what you have learnt from frontline practice, and how you can continue to improve.

What will I be assessed against?

The AYSE is designed to work alongside the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). There are nine domains that you will be assessed against, and these are clearly defined.

  • Professionalism

  • Values and ethics

  • Diversity

  • Rights, justice, and economic wellbeing

  • Knowledge

  • Critical reflection and analysis

  • Intervention and skills

  • Contexts and organisations

  • Professional leadership

You will also be assessed against your knowledge of the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS). A separate KSS has been developed for those working with children and families, or adults.

What happens at the end of the 12-month AYSE?

At the end of the programme, your employer will be responsible for deciding whether you have passed your AYSE. They will take into account your performance during the 12 months, and will likely provide an assessment report and recommendation. If you have passed, you will be provided with a certificate of completion, which is verified by Skills for Care.

Once you have received your certificate, you can take the next steps onto your social work career path.

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