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Extra £10 million funding for graduate training scheme granted

Published: Sunday, 03 April 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

An additional £10 million of funding for a scheme training graduates to become social workers in community mental health teams has been announced by The Department of Health.

Graduates will be given training specialising in being able to support people suffering with mental health problems and will also be paid while training on the job.

Those passing through the scheme, which is run by charity Think Ahead, will be able to qualify as social workers a year earlier than those studying conventionally.

The aim is to recruit 300 more graduates by the year 2018 to become mental health social workers, helping psychologists, nurses and doctors to provide support for those suffering with mental illness’ like bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia.

After securing more funding from the Government the charity will have the ability to offer 200 more places than when the scheme first opened last year.

Improving the sector

The hope is that this initiative will enable the sector to secure the brightest and top talent, as mental health social workers need to be highlight skills and able to deal with complex work.

The extra funding will allow those forging their career to be well rewarded and, as a by-product, mean more and more people will be better supported to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

With the number of the intake trebling, there is encouragement for any graduate who feels they have the right blend of empathy, intelligence, resilience and commitment to apply for the scheme this autumn.

The scheme

Those on the scheme will receive a tax-free bursary of £16,000 outside London, or £18,000 inside the capital, in year one, which will rise to £21,500 and above £25,000 respectively, in year two.

Graduates will be placed in one of Think Ahead’s host NHS Trusts or Local Authorities, with most being in the Midlands, the South East and London – all organisations are based near major cities or towns.

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