Employer engagement

On this page you will find SWAP resources relating to engagement with employers. You may also find related resources on SWAP's practice learning and interprofessional education pages.

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Engaging Employers: why and how?(in focus issue 02) - Inside this issue: 'Running an internship module', 'In conversation with Jane McLenachan' (Chair, UK Standing Conference for Stakeholders in Social Work) and 'a service learning approach'.

Published Spring 2009

in focus - issue 02 (PDF, 767KB)


Enhancing social work students' learning experience and readiness to undertake practice
George Wilson and Berni Kelly, Queen's University Belfast
Project summary

Integrated Children's Services (ICS): evaluating practice to support learning for new roles
Billie Oliver, University of West of England
Project summary

Developing a practice informed curriculum for working with children and families
Gillian Ruch and Cathy Murray, University of Southampton
Project summary


SWAP report: Integrated Children's Services (ICS): evaluating practice to support learning for new roles (PDF, 115KB)

SWAP helpsheet: Supporting collaborative and reflective work-based learning opportunities (PDF, KB)

Engaging with employers (PDF, 767KB) - Issue 2 of the SWAP newsletter in focus provides links to useful resources on the topic along with a case study of running a social policy internship module and a service-learning approach taken by one academic teaching an undergraduate degree in Public Policy.

Case studies

Work and professional development: embedding an international dimension to the social policy curriculum (2008)
Emma Heron, Sheffield Hallam University
Case study summary

Introducing students to a practice setting: university and field staff jointly evaluate students' readiness for practice (2008)
Ruth Forbes and Maura Daly, University of Edinburgh and Circle Scotland
Case study summary

Accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) for employment based students(2005)
Carmel Byers, University of Herefordshire
Case study summary

Post qualifying specialist awards: approaches to enabling work-based learning in social work (2008)
Lynne Rutter and Sarah Williams, Bournemouth University
Case study summary

Digital learning resources

What do social workers do? - Paul Martin, Chief Social Service Officer, Social Services Inspectorate DHSSPS on the situation of social work in Northern Ireland

External resources


Higher Education Academy page on employer engagement The page includes a clickable map showing employment engagement projects across the UK.

Scottish Enhancement Theme: employability - Employability and flexible delivery were the two enhancement themes announced for 2004-05 A Library of employability-related case studies and other publications were produced.



SCIE's resources on social work education - SCIE has published several useful resources related to partnership work and practice learning, such as SCIE Guide 23: Assessment in social work: a guide for learning and teaching (2008), SCIE Position paper 02: a framework for supporting and assessing practice learning(2003)

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