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The Think Ahead programme

Applications to join the Think Ahead programme will close at 5pm on Monday 29 April 2019.

We are still accepting applications for every region of England, but we particularly welcome applications from people who would like to be placed in or around one of the following areas:

  • Birmingham
  • Northampton
  • Preston
  • Wiltshire
  • Essex
  • Somerset

Places are likely to be oversubscribed in some urban areas, including London, so please remember that if you are able to be flexible about where you work, we’ll be more likely to be able to offer you a place in the 2019 Cohort.

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We make conditional offers to applicants as soon as they are successful at an assessment centre. Once we have conditionally offered all of the places available in 2019, further successful candidates are placed on a reserve list. Reserve list members may be offered a place in 2019 if other candidates do not fulfil the conditions of their offer, or they may be offered a place to join the programme in 2020.

About the programme

The Think Ahead programme is a paid, two-year graduate programme in mental health social work. It offers graduates and career-changers a job that is varied, challenging and rewarding. You’ll be paid to work in an expert team alongside clinical professionals, study for a master’s degree in social work, and develop your leadership skills – and you’ll be able to make a real difference to people with mental health problems.

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Other opportunities

In addition to our main programme, Think Ahead also offers: