Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2019
Hosts needed to develop future leaders in social care and health.
Skills for Care are seeking health and social care employers willing to host a graduate within their organisation as part of a programme designed to develop future leaders in social care and health.
Since its launch in 2009, Skills for Care’s Graduate Management programme has seen over 120 graduates complete the one year programme.
The programme has been developed in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy, and supported by the Department for Health and Social Care, to fast track highly motivated graduates towards leadership roles within the sector.
The graduates who achieve two fully-funded qualifications as part of their year, bring new and constructive ideas into their host organisations who say they are innovative, enthusiastic and ambitious and can contribute in many ways.
All the graduates who make the cut for the programme must complete a rigorous values-based selection process and are then carefully matched with host organisations. During their year with the hosts all the graduates contribute to the leadership and management thinking and practice.
Skills for Care CEO, Sharon Allen says: “The sector will be facing many challenges in the coming years, so having an injection of energy, initiative and fresh thinking from this group of graduates can only help us meet them.
“The Graduate Management programme only works if we have hosts who want to pass on their hard won experience to talented and ambitious graduates who we know have the core values needed to support people who access care and support services.”
Previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in the sector with 90% of the most recent graduates staying in social care and health, and three quarters offered employment by their host.
Jayne McCabe, Graduate Programme Project Manager added: “The social care and health sector is facing challenging times and it’s crucial that we invest in graduate level talent to drive positive change so the sector is prepared for the future.
“This programme is so successful because of the high calibre of graduates that complete the programme and the day to day input from the fantastic organisations that host them. Host employers tell us there are significant benefits to them as well as their role in developing future leaders in social care and health so we want more organisations to join in.”
Applications for organisations to host a graduate are open now until Monday 8 April 2019. More information about the programme can be found at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/hostagraduate