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At Think Ahead we believe everyone living with mental health needs should be empowered to live they life they want.

Times are tough for us all right now, especially for those of us living with mental health problems. But you could choose a career that changes lives.

With the right support, from the right person, anyone with a mental health problem can thrive.

You could be that person - giving that support. Support for the things that matter most to us all: housing, family, employment, relationships, and community.

Get paid to train as a mental health social worker, earn a master’s degree, and empower people to thrive. Do something that matters - apply to Think Ahead today

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

  • Train on the job, working alongside clinical professionals in NHS Mental Health Trusts and Local Authorities.
  • Gain two qualifications: qualify as a social worker and earn a master’s degree from Middlesex University.
  • Join one of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.
  • When someone is experiencing mental health problems, they need support in all aspects of their life. The things that matter most to us all: housing, family, relationships, employment and community. Mental health social workers play a crucial role in navigating all of this and empowering people to thrive.

Who we are

We recruit, train and promote the mental health workforce, ensuring the right professionals can deliver the right support at the right time. To achieve this we need a thriving mental health workforce.

What we do

Our two-year, fully funded programme, trains up to 160 mental health social workers every year. Combining academic learning with on-the-job experience, our trainees make a difference right from the very start of their time with us.

With our programme you could be paid to train as a mental health social worker and support people with mental health needs in your community.

Gain a fully-funded postgraduate diploma and master’s degree in just two years. Earn as you learn with dedicated support from experienced social workers and academic tutors. Train in your area and make a difference for local people with mental health problems.

Equity, diversity & inclusion

We believe diversity in the workforce is invaluable. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds who can bring different perspectives to the role including:

  • People from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities
  • People with disabilities
  • People who identify as being part of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Men, who are underrepresented in the sector

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and contribute their best. We offer a number of adjustments at each stage of the application process to support equal opportunities.

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