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Social Work Job Vacancies in Oldham

Oldham is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Nestled between the vibrant city of Manchester and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, this Lancashire town is home to a wonderful array of art, culture, history and nature. Its lush meadows, picturesque canals and countryside centres offer breathtaking views, as well as plenty of fun outdoor activities for all the family.

Meanwhile, Oldham’s town centre boasts the award-winning Gallery Oldham, which houses artwork and objects dating back to 1883; the Oldham Coliseum Theatre, which offers a mix of drama, comedy, musicals and pantomime; as well as a shopping mall and a traditional market. Located just 6.9 miles away from central Manchester, Oldham is easy to reach via car, bus and the Metrolink.

With no shortage of fantastic opportunities available, here’s why we think Oldham Council is a great place to be a social worker.

All About Oldham Council

Oldham Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham in Greater Manchester. It comprises 60 councillors, three for each of the 20 electoral wards of the borough. These wards include Alexandra, Crompton and Hollinwood, as well as Medlock Vale, Shaw and Waterhead. Offering their constituents a whole host of excellent services, Oldham Council’s main aims are to attract investment and employment to the area, to deliver key regeneration projects, and to build a productive and cooperative place with healthy, aspirational and sustainable communities.

Oldham Council’s main Social Services include:

  • Child Protection: Where members of the public can report children who they believe are suffering from harm, abuse or neglect, and ensure that at-risk children are getting the support they desperately need. The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) ensures all agencies work together effectively to safeguard the welfare of children and young people in Oldham.
  • Adoption: Where potential adopters can enquire about adoption, find out if they meet the criteria for becoming adopters, and receive a wide range of professional support services for families who choose to adopt. Oldham Council’s adoption service is part of Adoption Now, a regional adoption agency made up of five other North West councils, including Bolton, Bury, Blackburn with Darwen, Tameside and Rochdale.
  • Fostering: Where potential foster parents can learn more about the children who need foster care, the requirements needed to become a foster parent, the different types of fostering, and the support and allowances the council provides to foster parents.

Other key services Oldham Council offers to include:

Types of Social Work Available at Oldham Council

Oldham Council can provide social workers with a superb selection of jobs and environments to work within.

Some of our current roles include:

  • QSW Level 3 — Multi-Agency Safeguarding — Working with Children & Families
  • QSW Level 3 — Child Protection Team — Working with Children & Families
  • QSW Level 3 — Duty and Assessment Team — Working with Children & Families

For our full range of Oldham-based roles, please click here.

Why Oldham Council Is a Great Place to Be a Social Worker

  • Oldham Council is a co-operative council that encourages everybody to work together so that everybody can benefit. Through various schemes, services and community-focused initiatives, they’re committed to developing a co-operative future where citizens, partners and staff all play an active part to improve the borough.
  • They have their own Fair Employment Charter, meaning all of their employees are guaranteed a living wage, a fair contract and stability of employment, as well as access to training and union membership.
  • They truly care about and support their social workers, providing them with the information, resources and guidance to help them do their job. They know how big a role social workers play in improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of the people of Oldham, and therefore always want to show their gratitude in any way they can.

Our Relationship With Oldham Council

Because we’re committed to guiding and supporting all of our fantastic social workers, we work closely with Oldham Council to ensure we’re connecting our candidates with the most suitable roles. We keep close tabs on their latest vacancies, and if the right job comes up, we’ll send across the relevant CV(s). Oldham Council will then look through the CVs and if they’re interested in any of our candidates, we’ll help set up an interview.

After the interview, we’ll get feedback from Oldham Council quickly and use this information to let you know where you impressed and where you can improve. Should you be successful, we’ll arrange a start date and help you feel fully prepared for your new job.

Our support doesn’t just end when you get the job, though. From our onsite visits and regular catch-ups to out-of-hours calls, we’re always here to guide you. We believe the social workers we help deserve the same level of support and care that they provide to others.

‘’Fantastic agency. Brilliant consultants who make regular contact. Highly recommend the service.’’ – Dina

To learn more about Oldham Council and how we can help you find your ideal job, please give us a call today on 0161 327 0936. We’re more than happy to help.


What process do you use to select social workers for positions?

It all depends on the social worker’s individual strengths and previous experience. Everyone has had different experiences in their life and this means we tailor our approach to each candidate. We also think it’s just as important to ask the social worker what they are looking for in their new role. Some people may be looking for the same role as before and others may want to try something different to expand their skill set and experience. Regardless of wants, our job remains the same, we tailor your CV to ensure it highlights all the relevant things that a hiring manager at Oldham Council may be looking for. In our experience, a lot of social workers do know what they want, this allows us to go out to chat with our clients and then make the social workers aware of the jobs that match their requirements/skill set.

The vast majority of local authorities look for agency social workers that have around 2 to 3 years of experience. This benchmark is usually a good indicator that the social worker has seen and dealt with most things. However, some local authorities will consider experience levels of around 12 months if demand is high and rolls need to be filled.

Oldham Council operates a 37 hour a week contract, they also pay 40p per business mile for people who use their car to commute to work.

If you’re not happy with your current work assignment we advise that you pick up the phone straight away and call your dedicated consultant at Portman Recruitment. We want to be able to help straight away and put a plan of action in place that prevents it from happening again. Should the role not be right for you, we’ll be there to help you. Our consultants work hard to build genuine relationships with our candidates and this makes us confident that they feel comfortable getting in touch to discuss any issues.

Portman Recruitment has been working to an ethos that involves going ‘above & beyond’ for our candidates and clients. Our support comes in a variety of different forms. We’ll help a candidate curate their CV so it’s optimised and as relevant as possible for the role that they are going for. We’ll also help them in other ways like helping them with interview questions, answering queries or concerns and helping social workers have a good balance of work and free time.

Our high level of service is something we’re really proud of. From day one our candidates see that we do things differently from our personable approach to the genuine care we take to make sure our clients are the first person we think of. The contractor comes first, we know that they’re not just a number on the sheet, they are a person who is doing a valuable job and deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and care. We’ve kept in touch with plenty of our candidates who’ve since left us for permanent roles. We feel like one big family here at Portman and we’d love to invite you in.

All our agency social workers are paid on time, every time, via their requested payroll company. We also have an opt-in PAYE scheme that social workers can use.

Working at Oldham Council puts you at the heart of a charming village with great links to some of the North’s most iconic cities. Since 1974, the council has been providing the people of Oldham with high-quality services such as bin collecting, libraries and housing. The people of Oldham really appreciate the role of a social worker and recognise what an important job they do. Living and working in Oldham put you at the centre of a fantastic community and you’re sure to love it. On your days off be sure to visit Manchester, Liverpool or why not drive out to the stunning Peak District.

Our team offers a level of service that you won’t find anywhere else. We have an honest and transparent way of working which our candidates find refreshing. Working as a social worker offers plenty of challenges and the last thing you need to do is worry about whether your recruitment company has your back. We respect the work of a social worker and want you to know that we’ll be there for you when you need us. You can expect regular catch-ups with us at times that suit you. We’ll always drop a text or email before arranging a catch-up, we’ll never bother you unnecessarily.

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