THE FED recognises the important of its role in nurturing future social workers. Our teams provide practice teachers to support students wishing to learn on the job. We offer places in our Adult Social Work, Children and Families’ or TIME FOR YOU Teams.

Why choose THE FED for your student placement?

  • you will be well-supported by a committed practice teacher
  • we can offer varied placements with a range of different client groups
  • we can provide work that will help you meet your key roles and which fits in well with course requirements
  • we offer the opportunity of carrying out statutory work in a voluntary sector setting
  • we offer the chance of working with a specific ethnic and religious minority group
  • you will enjoy excellent working conditions including a well-subsidised staff canteen, with a wide choice of meals and free on-site car parking.

We receive excellent feedback from our students. Several long-term members of staff came to THE FED originally as students, one of whom is now our Director of Community Services.

Former student, Sara Ogden-Thomson is a member of our Adult Social Work Team. She was attracted to THE FED largely because of the opportunity of working within a specific ethnic and religious group. She says,

“I was struck by the enthusiasm and commitment of all the staff and the desire to effect change. I particularly enjoy the fact that, although I work exclusively with Jewish people, they come from very different backgrounds. Culturally, religiously and economically there is much diversity. Through working with a number of Holocaust survivors I have developed close links with the Association of Jewish Refugees.”

Another of our students-turned social workers is Ruth Silverman. She says of her placement,

“I immediately found it a very welcoming place and the staff were really natural and supportive. I noticed how much colleagues shared ideas, experience and problems.”

What’s in it for us?

What people may not realise is that the universities and colleges pay THE FED for each student we take. The income generated helps to offset the cost of ongoing staff training. THE FED places great importance on this, to help each member of staff achieve his or her potential.