Recruiting graduates

Two young social care workers, one male and one female, sit at a table

National Graduate Management Training Scheme

Are you looking for someone with drive and passion for social care to work in a leadership role in your organisation?

Why not host one of our graduates on a twelve month placement?

Our National Graduate Management Training Scheme aims to bring graduates with an interest in social care and leadership ability into the sector. 

Candidates are subject to a strict recruitment process and are matched with organisations where we think they can make a real impact.  

If you choose to host a graduate from the National Graduate Management Training Scheme, you'll be expected to give them management experience.

Your graduate will join you for a twelve month period. During that time, they will receive support from Skills for Care and should make a real difference to your care service.

Each year, we place around twenty graduates with host organisations like yours. 

To host a graduate, you must be able to:

  • provide 12 months frontline practice or strategic work to a graduate
  • fund an £18,000 bursary for your graduate.

All support, recruitment, learning and development costs will be covered by the Department of Health and our other key partners.

If you are looking for a new leader in your organisation, you should sign up to host one of our graduates. In return you will get:

  • access to a high quality graduate who's been selected through a robust recruitment process
  • new enthusiasm, thinking and intellect through graduate participation
  • access to leadership and development training for a designated placement supervisor from your organisation
  • support from us in performance managing the selected graduate
  • the opportunity to develop and potentially recruit your graduate, who has the potential to become a leader in social care
  • an opportunity to contribute to the leadership and management of our sector overall
  • a reputation for being committed to leadership and excellence.

Applications to host a graduate are currently closed, but if you're interested in hearing about the graduates looking for positions in the future, please email

Seminars to support recruitment and retention

These seminars will give you practical ideas to help you recruit people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes.

Book your place now
Loading Icon

Please wait... logging you in.