The shortage of home-grown social workers has meant that local authorities are looking further afield to recruit talent. These candidates are regularly sourced from Eastern Europe, North America and Australia. This has helped support the social work sector in the UK as well as providing diverse councils with equally diverse candidates.

Regardless of the fact that these countries are training a surplus of social work professionals, the process of relocation to the UK can still be daunting. Here at HCL Social Care we’re committed to making things run as smoothly as possible. We do this by providing a combination of informative collateral and regular communication with each candidate.

This month, our in-house success story Iulia, shares her experience of relocating from Romania.

I moved to the UK a year ago. I was looking for stability, career development and a better quality of life.

On arrival, I stayed with a friend who has been living in England for three years. I was lucky to have accommodation and someone to help me with the process of finding my feet and registering for employment, doctors, dentists, banks accounts and everything else.

Once I’d obtained the right to work, i.e. got my National Insurance number, proof of address and DBS clearance, I started looking for work. It wasn’t as easy as I’d thought, even though I had graduated from the College of Social Work with a Master’s degree in HR.

I really wanted to be a Social Worker, but without the relevant experience required by most UK employers and uncertainty of how to register with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), I wasn’t getting far. That’s when HCL contacted me.

They had found my details on one of the Social Care job boards that I had registered with. After a thorough interview process, I was offered the position of International Projects Resourcer. It’s now my sole responsibility to recruit social workers from Romania and place them into local authorities throughout the UK.

Being a Romanian national, I’m able to advise international candidates and make the transition the UK as seamless as possible. This includes finding suitable employers, sourcing accommodation, completing documentation and providing a support network; all of the things that British people take for granted.

I love my new life in the UK. If anyone is thinking of relocating to the UK, we’re always looking for social work candidates – register today and I will help you start your new life in the UK.

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