KdG starts trajectory for bottleneck profession social worker | Antwerp
AntwerpNext academic year, Karel de Grote Hogeschool (KdG) will offer a flexible track for the Bachelor’s program in Social Work, with Social Work as the main subject. The job of social worker appears for the first time on VDAB’s long list of shortage professions.
“The field is crying out for skilled social workers,” says Veerle Van Gestel, head of training at KdG. “In practice, people are struggling with a major shortage of these profiles. In the meantime, we see a lot of enthusiasm to start with a bachelor in that direction.”
However, the combination of studying with work and family is a problem for many people, the University of Applied Sciences knows. With a flexible trajectory, KdG will meet the needs of students and the professional field. Van Gestel indicates that organizations ask her in various ways to transform flexible people into quality social workers and thus focus more on the smaller lateral entrants.
In addition, KdG adds that some of its students find it difficult to connect to the program because of the combination of their studies with a job, a family or a top sports statute. “There is currently no offer like this in our region,” concludes Van Gestel. “We think we have reached this flex trajectory and can make a valuable contribution to the search for an education that leads to a meaningful job.”
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