Waste service strike

A number of Tower Hamlets Council frontline waste service workers and street cleansers will be going on strike from 18 September to 1 October due to a national pay dispute.  

Despite the council working to maintain services for residents, the strike will impact collections and cleansing across the borough. We apologise in advance for the disruption this will cause. 

Find out more about the strike.

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An update for student and newly qualified social workers

We are looking forward to recruiting newly qualified social workers to our Children’s Social Care ASYE Programme.

We have spent the past five years working out how best to support newly qualified social workers with great results. There has never been a better time or place to start your social work career than with us.

We will be holding Taking Steps to Success, our annual AYSE Recruitment open event ONLINE on Thursday 18 May, 4.30 to 6.30pm. We would love for you to join us. Register and book your FREE place.

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This event will give you the chance to hear from our Principal Social Worker and Divisional Director about how important Newly Qualified Social Workers are in our workforce. You will also hear from those who have benefitted from our three year “Steps to Success” programme which starts with the ASYE.

We particularly welcome applications from NQSWs from Global majority backgrounds! Are you passionate about making a difference in people's lives? Join our dynamic team of social workers and be part of an inclusive organisation that values diversity and empowers individuals from all cultures and backgrounds.

We believe that a diverse workforce brings unique perspectives and enriches our ability to serve our community. Apply now and contribute to creating positive change together.

The planned recruitment timeline for 2023 are as follows:

  • Application portal opens Thursday 18 May – Sunday 4 June 2023
  • Online group and written exercises for those who are shortlisted, will take place on the following dates:
    • 14 June
    • 15 June
    • 16 June
    • 19 June
  • Panel interviews for those successful through the group and written stage will take place on the following dates:
    • 26 June
    • 27 June
    • 28 June
    • 29 June 

The Learning Academy has developed an innovative three year Steps to Success programme which offers a wrap around support package for social workers in their first three years of practice.

This has enhanced the experience social workers have during their ASYE, as well as ensuring the right support continues to be in place afterwards to enable you to develop and build your career here in Tower Hamlets.

This is having an excellent impact on our staff retention as well as the overall quality of social work practice.

The Academy is designed to be with you throughout every step of your career, supporting and empowering you through our commitment to five basic principles:

  1. Relationships at the heart of practice
  2. Enabling practice excellence
  3. Investing in new social workers
  4. Creating a culture of innovation
  5. Ensuring quality of practice

Find out what the Learning Academy can do for you in the following sections: