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The Think Ahead programme

We currently have a small number of places available to join the Think Ahead programme in July 2018, in specific locations.

These locations are: Braintree, Hastings, Huntingdon, Northampton and Portsmouth.

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About the role:

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. You can find out more about the programme here.

Start date: The programme starts on Monday 16 July 2018, and you must be available to start on this date.

Application deadline: All online applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 18 June 2018.

Application process: The application process consists of an online application form, followed by an online situational judgment test for those successful in the online application. Applicants who are successful through both of the initial stages will be invited to an assessment day on Thursday 28 June in London. There’s more information and advice on our how to apply page.

Location: The first six weeks of the programme are residential and take place at the Sutton Bonington campus of University of Nottingham. Following that, you’ll be placed in an NHS Trust or Local Authority mental health team, in one of the following locations: Braintree, Hastings, Huntingdon, Northampton and Portsmouth.

Salary: You’ll receive a tax-free training bursary of £17,200 in year one of the programme. In year two you’ll receive a salary typically in the range of £21,000 – £26,000.

Eligibility: Our full eligibility criteria are available as part of our eligibility checker. Please also be advised:

  • You will need a drivers’ licence and access to a car for these roles.
  • You will need to hold, or be predicted to hold, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree from a UK university in any subject except Social Work (or an equivalent degree awarded by an overseas university).
  • You will need to hold at least a grade C GCSE in Maths, and in English or English Language (not English Literature).

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You can find out more about the programme here. Please note that applications to join the programme in other regions in 2019 will open in autumn this year.

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Other opportunities

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