Leadership Development Programme
graduate scheme
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Leadership Development Programme

Job description

Due to exceptional demand we are pleased to announce additional places available on our 2019 programme.

Our two-year Leadership Development programme offers outstanding graduates an exciting new route into one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding professions. We prioritise hands-on experience through practice-based learning, and you will benefit from intensive practical and academic training, tailored to your needs, as one of a new generation of children’s social workers.

Following a five-week residential training programme, you will spend two years working in a local authority children’s services department, where you will start your career in social work.

You’ll work directly with children, families, schools, courts and the police, to empower families to achieve positive change. You’ll see a real difference in yourself too, as you develop a whole range of invaluable and transferable skills including leadership, relationship-building and conflict resolution.

The first year qualifies you as a social worker through direct work with children and families. In the second year you will work as a newly qualified social worker responsible for your own caseload, and will complete a fully funded master’s qualification.

Social work is a leadership profession; you will inspire, persuade and bring out the best in diverse groups of people. To help you develop these skills, you will benefit from ongoing leadership development coaching; designed to support you to work with purpose to bring about change in a range of challenging settings.

If you join us, you’ll make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and their families.

Changing lives isn’t easy. But if you’re one of the few who dare to change; who want one of Britain’s most challenging jobs, then Frontline is for you.

Starting: July 2019.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for your potential to become an outstanding children’s social worker, and will be exploring the evidence of your ability through our competencies. The selection process will test your ability to show leadership; empathy; to build relationships; effectively communicate; use your analysis and adaptability skills, and overall your motivation to use these skills to work within children and families social work on the Frontline programme.

In order to be eligible for our programme you will need to have all the following:
  • Applicants must demonstrate competence in IT as well as spoken and written English
  • Eligibility to work in the UK


  • A 2:1 or higher in your first undergraduate honours degree (predicted or obtained)
  • Grade C or above in maths and English GCSE (or equivalent)
All necessary documents will need to be seen at assessment centre stage. Please note we are unable to consider any requests for extenuating circumstances.

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

Frontline is committed to selecting outstanding people who have the potential to complete our intensive two-year programme and be successful in social work and beyond. Our application process has six stages:

  1. Self-selection - you will begin with a self-selection activity that gives you further insight into social work and the opportunity to test your instincts for the profession
  2. Registration and application - we are looking for you to demonstrate your commitment to the Frontline mission and programme as well as your experience of working well with people in our competency based applications form
  3. Online testing - once you have submitted the application form, you will immediately be sent the details to complete a combined verbal reasoning and situational judgment test. We are looking 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
  4. Video interview - this stage gives you a further opportunity to demonstrate your motivation, leadership and ability to work well with people. 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
  5. Assessment centre - if you pass our interview stage you will be invited to attend our assessment centre where we get to meet you face-to-face.
  6. Post- offer checks - ensuring 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
  7. Applications will close at 11.45pm on closing date.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 25/03/2019

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Closing date: 25/03/2019


Additional job details

LocationEast Midlands · East of England · London · North East England · North West England · South East England · West Midlands

Competitive salary

Fully-funded masters - Earn as you learn - Develop a range of transferable skills - Leadership Development Coaching

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