PROMOTING SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES’ EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE SOCIAL WORK CURRICULUM: EMPLOYERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE EMPLOYABILITY OF UNISA’S NEWLY QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS

Assim Alpaslan

Abstract


The silence about employers’ perspectives on the employability of newly qualified Social Work graduates from the largest open distance-learning university in South Africa was highlighted as the problem for this study. Underpinned by the theory of collaborative advantage as the theoretical framework adopted for this study, and following a qualitative research approach, the researcher entered into a research partnership with the social work fraternity. The aim was to explore employers’ perspectives on the employability of Unisa’s newly-qualified social workers and to gather suggestions for promoting graduates’ employment, and accordingly informing Unisa’s social work curriculum. This paper reports on these perspectives and suggestions.

Keywords


employability, newly qualified social workers, fit for practice, employers' perspectives, open distance learning university, social work curriculum, qualitative research

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15270/55-3-744

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