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Boost for social work as Frontline jumps into top 50 graduate employers

Social work has climbed to 40 in the prestigious Times Top 100 graduate employers list, with Frontline up 36 places after entering at 76 in 2014. The High Fliers annual survey of over 18,000 final year students confirms that perceptions of the profession are shifting.
 
Standing alongside Barclays, Google, Apple and the BBC, Frontline is positioning social work as a prestigious career of choice amongst Britain’s top graduates. The first cohort of participants are now qualified and working with children and families across Greater London and Greater Manchester, and applications are now open for 180 places in 2016. With 15 applicants for each place last year, demand is expected to be high.
 
Frontline’s continued rise up the list demonstrates that careers with a social purpose can attract the brightest and best graduates from the UK’s best universities. With Teach First, the Civil Service and the NHS all in the top 50, Frontline is part of a wider shift in graduate opportunities that is putting a renewed emphasis on the importance of public service.
 
Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s Chief Executive:
“Today’s news affirms that a job where you can have a transformative impact on the lives of vulnerable children and families is increasingly attractive to top graduates. Social work is one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding jobs and its rise in the Times Top 100 employers list is further recognition of its importance.”
 
Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education:
“It is fantastic to see Frontline recognised as a top employer for the second year, showing that a career supporting vulnerable children and families is an increasingly attractive choice for graduates. Our reforms are driving up the quality and status of the sector, so that social workers can continue to make a dramatic difference to children across the country.”
 
Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education:
“This jump into the Top 50 graduate employers is great news for social work and for Frontline. I’m pleased to support Frontline in its efforts to recruit and develop more outstanding social workers into the profession. Social work is a tough but rewarding job which can have a transformative effect of the lives of children and families. Frontline is changing the face of social work in partnership with the profession and this recognition is welcome.”