The Minister for Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, announced yesterday that her department was inviting unemployed Social Workers to register on a new database aimed at keeping a record of all unemployed qualified social workers in the country.
The announcement came after an embarrassing mismatch was discovered recently. It was found that key public service institutions were starved of Social Workers while many qualified Social Workers were unemployed.
The announcement said the database will be used to lobby for funds to create social work posts that are required within the public service. Currently there are 9 456 social workers in the employ of government.
The announcement added that unemployed Social Workers Database will also inform the department about the number of unemployed social workers who have studied outside the Social Development scholarship programme. This is in response to the issue raised by communities and the media that there are qualified social workers who are unemployed.
It added that the government Draft Scarce Skills and Policy Framework of 2003 recognized social work as a scarce skill and mandated the development of strategies to facilitate the recruitment and retention of such scarce skills.
The Department of Social Development has been the main driver in the implementation of this social policy. In addition, the National Development Plan refers to social work as a scarce skill and indicates that 60 000 social workers will be needed by 2030 to serve our population.
Those who qualify and are interested in registering must submit the following information to the Department:
- Name and Surname
- Contact details (Physical Address, cell number/ landline number, e-mail address)
- Province of origin
- Name of Qualification
- Year of qualification
- Registration status with the council for social work (if registered please provide registration number)
Submissions may be made using the following options:
Hand deliveries – The Department of Social Development, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria