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Your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

ASYE programme applications now closed

Thank you for your interest in joining Portsmouth's ASYE programme

Applications for Portsmouth City Council's Assessed and Supported Year in Employment programme this year have now closed.

For those unfamiliar with what our programme entails, please watch the two videos below, which will give you an idea of what to expect.

The ASYE programme will reopen in early 2025. 

In conversation: Social workers share ASYE experience

Clare Poyner, principal social worker for children's social care at Portsmouth City Council is joined by Jill Alexander and Hoda Agha who talk about their experience from the ASYE programme. They reflect on the support they received and provide more information on what team they work in now.

About ASYE programme

Clare Poyner alongside Donna Egan and Karley Middleton discuss the ASYE programme in more detail. The video includes information on the Stronger Futures Academy - the support you receive as part of the programme and what the programme will cover during your placement.

More information about the ASYE programme

In Portsmouth, we know that good social work practice leads to positive outcomes for children and families. The Portsmouth model of practice (family safeguarding, being trauma informed and restorative) underpins our values and beliefs that building strong relationships with children, families, partner agencies and each other is the best way to deliver social work intervention.

Our 12-month ASYE programme provides 'on the job' training to help you understand and unpick the work you are completing. In addition, we offer monthly half day study days, funding to purchase your own resources*, on-site assessors and peer led action learning sets.

You will be based in our family safeguarding teams working with children in need or child protection and court, or the building your future's team, for children we care for. We will support you through your first year of practice and continue to progress your social work career in Portsmouth through a dedicated post-ASYE development pathway.

* via the ASYE Co-ordinator

Top questions
When does the programme reopen?

The ASYE programme for children's social care at Portsmouth City Council reopens in early 2025. Recruitment will be ongoing until we have reached capacity. Please come back then or subscribe to our quarterly email newsletter to be the first to hear when applications reopen.

What are the entry requirements for the programme?

You must be completing your social work degree or masters to start the programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What happens after the ASYE programme?

Portsmouth City Council's post-ASYE programme provides ongoing support, embedding your knowledge using the Portsmouth model of family practice. The children's social care team will work with you on your next steps after you complete the programme to identify opportunities to continue your work with us. For more information on the post-ASYE programme, read our recent guide.

What other opportunities are there?

If you are already qualified, there are other opportunities to consider. You can view the latest vacancies in children's social care or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.