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  • 27 Jan / 16
    News

    New opportunities for students and graduates announced! Gain experience with Think Ahead

    We can today reveal two exciting new opportunities for students and graduates to work with Think Ahead during 2016. Applications for these roles will open in the spring.  In the coming weeks we’ll be recruiting undergraduates to work during term-time as Recruitment Ambassadors – a unique opportunity for you to promote Think Ahead, and mental […]

  • 25 Jan / 16
    In the media

    The Times: Think Ahead is “one of the most competitive graduate training schemes”

    Think Ahead is featured in an article in today’s Times newspaper. The piece reveals that 2,338 students and graduates applied last autumn for the 80 to 100 places on Think Ahead’s first cohort, starting this July. At more than 23 applicants per place, that makes Think Ahead one of the most competitive graduate programmes in the country. […]

  • 18 Dec / 15
    Features

    ‘How one mental health social worker helped me through my psychosis’

    A member of Think Ahead’s Service User and Carer Reference Group speaks out about his experience of mental health problems. My name is Ziaul. I’m 32 years old, from the West Midlands, and have a range of interests including the gym, eating out, pool and snooker, travelling, hanging out with good close friends, and spending […]

  • 2 Dec / 15
    News

    Think Ahead application deadline announced

    We can today announce the closing date for applications to join our 2016 cohort. The deadline to submit your application is 23:59 on Wednesday 16 December 2015. Think Ahead’s Recruitment Director Ivan Wise said: “We’ve been delighted by the number of applications we’ve received. I’d like to thank all of the students, graduates, and career-changers […]

  • 19 Nov / 15
    Features

    The intellectual rigour of mental health social work

    Frances Turner, a Cambridge graduate and qualified social worker who is supporting Think Ahead’s programme development, explains how top graduates can use their skills to support people living with mental health problems. After completing an undergraduate degree in French at the University of Cambridge in 2007, I found myself in an unusual position. While many peers […]

  • 10 Oct / 15
    News

    World Mental Health Day: Stephen Fry encourages graduates to apply to Think Ahead

    In our first ever film, released today, Stephen Fry urges people who want “a job that’s both rewarding and challenging” to “do something remarkable” by applying to Think Ahead. We were thrilled when Stephen agreed to be involved, and earlier today he tweeted that he was happy to help. I was delighted to be a part […]

  • 7 Oct / 15
    News

    Think Ahead involved in 50 university events this autumn

    The Think Ahead recruitment team is gearing up for a full season of university visits over the autumn term. We’ll be visiting 28 different institutions and attending over 50 events in the next eight weeks, offering students and graduates the opportunity to learn more about our programme. We are holding a number of different events around the country, ranging […]

  • 1 Sep / 15
    News

    Applications for Think Ahead now open!

    As reported by the Independent on Sunday this weekend, applications to join our first cohort in 2016 have now opened. Today, Think Ahead is asking you to consider if you’re remarkable enough to take a fast-track route into one of the country’s most rewarding and challenging professions. Over the coming months we’ll be recruiting exceptional […]

  • 30 Aug / 15
    News

    Think Ahead announces regional locations for participants

    We have today announced the regions in which our first cohort will train and work. Participants will join Local Authorities and NHS Trusts across England, with most joining host organisations in the Midlands, South East, and London, and further places set to be available in Yorkshire and the North East. As part of our selection […]

  • 30 Aug / 15
    News

    University of York announced as Think Ahead’s academic partner

    The University of York will co-design and deliver the academic elements of Think Ahead’s programme, it was announced today. Working collaboratively with experts in mental health and social work, and with input from experts at the University of Central Lancashire, the leading Russell Group university will team up with Think Ahead to develop an innovative […]

  • 20 Aug / 15
    News

    Devonshire Hall to host Think Ahead’s first Summer Institute

    We can today reveal that Devonshire Hall, in Leeds, will host Think Ahead’s inaugural Summer Institute. The venue will welcome between 80 and 100 Think Ahead participants for six weeks in summer 2016 as they begin their exciting journey towards social work qualification. Devonshire Hall provides a state-of-the-art learning environment. This means the venue is […]

  • 20 Aug / 15
    In the media

    Think Ahead featured in The Economist

    Think Ahead has been featured in this week’s Economist, in an article looking at how the Teach First model is being used in other areas of public service. The piece is based on a visit to Police Now’s Summer Academy. It looks at the success of Teach First in producing 99% ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ teachers, and how Police […]