The government is committed to continuing investment in the education and training of social workers and securing a diverse workforce representative of service users. A further round of applications to Step Up to Social Work will launch in February next year with up to 700 participants starting training in January 2020. The department is also currently procuring provision of fast-track social work education in 2020 and 2021 following the successful Frontline programme. Separately, the government supports proposals for a new graduate apprenticeship which will provide a route into social work for a broader range of people. This is in addition to existing investment in bursaries for social work students attending traditional university social work degree programmes.