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02 Jun 2023


New funding available for the NQSW Supported Year

The Scottish Government has allocated a further £350,000 funding to support more employers to implement the Newly Qualified Social Worker (NQSW) Supported Year.

To distribute the funding, we are accepting applications for NQSW Supported Year grants.
The grant scheme is designed to help NQSW employers implement the NQSW Supported Year, in preparation for when it becomes mandatory from September 2024.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from single employers and those in a partnership arrangement. We can only accept third and independent sector applications as part of a partnership with a lead local authority.

Organisations can only submit one application. There is a limit of up to £50,000 per organisation or partnership.

How to apply

Application guidance and details of the approach, core elements and responsibilities are available here.

Download the NQSW Supported Year Implementation Grant Scheme Guidance 2023-24 here.
Download the Overview of NQSW Supported Year Implementation 2023-24 here.

Learn more at an information session

We are holding four NQSW Supported Year grants information sessions to answer your questions. Book your free online place now.

If you’re interested in applying or want to know more about the funding scheme please contact:

You can read the slides from our information sessions here.

Apply now

Download the NQSW Supported Year implementation grant scheme 2023-24 application form here.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 1 September 2023. Please note the grants are not first come, first served. We will assess all the applications after the closing date.


The Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser (OCSWA) at Scottish Government intends for the NQSW Supported Year to become mandatory across Scotland from September 2024. 

The NQSW Supported Year is a best practice model to support NQSW transition into the workforce to ensure an increasingly confident and competent workforce for people who use services and their families. 

We are asking employers to apply for a grant which they could use in a flexible way to meet their responsibilities to implement the core elements of the NQSW Supported Year within local arrangements and systems. The funding is intended to enhance, not replace, employers’ current staff development funding and activities.

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council