Graduate scheme

South West + 2

We are facing one of the toughest mental health challenges of all time. If ever there was a time to make a difference, it’s now.

If you are a compassionate graduate or career-changer, remarkable enough to make a real difference, now could be the perfect time to become a mental health social worker with Think Ahead.

At Think Ahead, we want to see a society where everyone with mental health problems can flourish.

That won’t happen unless people can improve their social circumstances – because life issues like relationships, living arrangements, and employment have profound effects on mental wellbeing.

The Think Ahead programme is a route into mental health social work, for graduates and career-changers remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems. Our two-year graduate programme combines on-the-job learning, a master’s degree, and leadership training, all of which help our participants to become great social workers, strengthen mental health services, and spread social approaches to mental health across society.

On Think Ahead’s paid two-year programme, you will

  • Take on a challenging and varied role, with responsibility from day one
  • Be paid to spend two years training on-the-job and working in a community mental health team, alongside clinical professionals
  • Make a significant difference to the lives of people with mental illness
  • Gain two qualifications, qualifying as a social worker and gaining a master's degree
  • Start a fast-track career with leadership training and transferable skills

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Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Lancashire


South West, Yorkshire and the Humber, North West

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