Be a Social Worker and transform lives
As a social worker, you act as a positive change agent in society and in the lives of the individuals, families and communities you serve.
From case management, counselling, information and referral to outreach and family intervention, you will be helping individuals and families in need and empowering them to resolve their problems effectively.
Get ready to take on specialised roles and assist your clients in:
- Relationship Problems
- Family Violence and Abuse
- Substance Addiction and Abuse
- Family Life Education and Parenting
- Child Welfare
- Youth Work
- Clinical/Mental Health issues
- Disability Issues
- Ageing and Eldercare
It does not matter where you are posted to – family service centres, children and youth centres, hospitals, hospices or other community/social service agencies – each and every day will bring you a different set of challenges and satisfaction.
Discover the core competencies you need as a social worker from the social work competency framework
, find out how you can hone your professional competencies through our professional development guide
and be inspired by our social workers in action when you like our Facebook page!
Do you have what it takes to be a Social Worker?
As a social worker, you should:
- have a genuine interest in helping and working with others
- believe in the inherent worth of every human being
- have respect for others
- have commitment and a strong sense of responsibility
Whether you are a student, a fresh graduate, a mid-career professional or an existing social service professional, we provide numerous platforms to help you chart a rewarding career as a social worker.
Keen to pursue a career as a social worker? We invite you to apply for the Social Service Scholarship
Administered by NCSS, this scholarship supports both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in social work and other social service-related disciplines.
To find out more, visit our scholarship page
For fresh graduates
You have completed your Social Work studies and you are eager to start making a positive difference to society – why not start by checking our Job Portal
. Your journey into the social service sector starts right now.
For mid-career professionals
If you are thinking of making a career switch and becoming a social worker, then the Professional Conversion Programme for Social Workers (PCPSW)
is a great place to start.
Featuring a ‘place-and-train’ format, the PCPSW was launched in partnership with the Workforce Singapore (WSG), SIM University (UniSIM) and participating employers. Managed by NCSS, it aims to train interested individuals, particularly mid-career professionals, and equip them with the knowledge and skills to become a qualified social worker.
In order to be eligible for the programme, you need to secure employment with participating employers of the programme first. You can complement your studies with real-world experience through practicum sessions in this way, enabling you to transform into a fully competent and effective social worker upon your graduation.
Depending on your educational qualifications, you can choose from the following part-time courses:
- Graduate Diploma in Social Work
- Accelerated Bachelor of Social Work
Ready to make the switch? Find out more here
For existing social service professionals
We offer a wide range of professional training and development opportunities that you can tap on to deepen your skills and expertise as a social worker.
Leadership Development Programme (LDP)
Gear up for top management and specialist leadership roles through this developmental programme.
Professional Development and Management Programme (PDMP)
Develop your professional capabilities and boost your management skills as you start to take on management roles.
Sabbatical Leave Scheme
Take a break from your professional career and gain a fresh perspective when you engage in developmental activities for your professional growth.
SSI training courses
Whatever your interests may be, we have just the right training course for you.
Singapore Association of Social Workers
To find out more about accreditation and membership, visit the professional body of Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW).