graduate scheme
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Graduate Programme

Job description

Our two-year Graduate Programme offers outstanding individuals a dynamic route into one of Britain’s most rewarding and toughest professions. Social work is more than just a career choice; it is a leadership profession with a purpose to make a difference in society.

We prioritise hands-on experience through intensive practical and academic training in a local authority children’s services.

Following five weeks of residential teaching, you’ll work directly with children and families, as well as professionals such as the police, courts and schools. You will also study towards fully-funded qualifications. At the end of your first year, you will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work and in your second year, you will complete the final 60 credit module of a master’s degree.

Throughout the two years of the programme, you will receive high quality supervision from experienced social workers, academics and professional leadership coaches.

Not only will you help transform the lives of vulnerable children and families, you’ll transform your own. By developing a range of invaluable skills including relationship-building, conflict resolution and leadership, the Frontline programme will strengthen your resilience and find hidden qualities you didn’t even know you had.

What we are looking for

Frontline is looking for outstanding individuals who have the potential to become successful social workers and advocate for positive change in society.


  • at least grade C in English Language and maths at GCSE (or equivalent qualification – higher qualifications will not be accepted in lieu of GCSEs);
  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) or higher in an undergraduate honours degree (predicted or obtained) OR
  • a 2.2 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate honours degree plus a level 7 (i.e. Master’s degree) qualification (predicted or obtained);
  • be eligible to reside and study in the UK for the duration of the programme (including access to public funds for non-EEA applicants);
  • competent in spoken and written English

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Number of vacancies
UK wide
Competitive salary

Fully-funded Postgraduate qualifications, Earn as you learn, Leadership Development coaching

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


  • Times Top 100 Graduate Employer
  • The Guardian UK 300

How to apply

Our application process has six stages:

  • Self-selection - your application journey will begin with a self-selection exercise that gives you further insight into social work and test your instincts for the profession.
  • Registration and online application form – we will assess your ability through competency-based questions on the online application form. We encourage applicants to spend a sufficient amount of time carefully reviewing the competencies (please see competencies page on website) to tailor their answers to reflect these have been met.
  • Online testing - the online test looks for you to demonstrate your ability to use logic and understand information to solve complex problems, whilst assessing how you would handle situations you might encounter as a social worker.
  • Video interview - This stage gives you a further opportunity to demonstrate your motivation, leadership and ability to build relationships. You will not speak with anyone directly; you will answer pre-recorded questions from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.
  • Assessment centre - i you pass the video interview stage, you will be invited to attend our assessment centre.

Activities include an interview, group and written task, role play and opportunity to meet with a care leaver. These will run from September 2019 - January 2020.

Post-offer checks – We must ensure that you meet suitability for working with vulnerable groups and confirm your suitability for Frontline social work training and professional registration. This includes a DBS check and a health declaration.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 2 December 2019

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Closing date:  2 December 2019

Expires18 days

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