Frontline puts social work into top graduate jobs list

16th September 2014
Social work history has been made today with Frontline launching the profession into The Times Top 100 list of graduate employers for the first time. Over 18,000 final year students voted in the High Fliers annual survey with many choosing Frontline as offering the best opportunities for graduates.
Placed at 76, Frontline is this year’s highest new entry into the list beating Santander, Diageo and Bloomberg and positioning social work as a career of choice for graduates from Britain’s top universities. Applications are now open for the 2015 cohort and with over 2,600 applying in the first year demand for places is expected to be high.
In 2012 just 10 Oxbridge graduates applied to start social work, whilst 184 applied to join Frontline’s first cohort. In a market dominated by banks, law firms, consultancies and blue chip companies, over a period of 10 years Teach First has taken teaching up to number two in the league table. Frontline has now placed social work alongside teaching, the Civil Service and MI5 as an attractive career in public service.
Josh MacAlister, Frontline’s Chief Executive:
“This is an exciting day for Frontline. We are working to attract the best and brightest into a profession which can transform the lives of children and families. Our place in the Times Top 100 demonstrates that the best graduates are motivated by the rewards of a job with social purpose.”
Edward Timpson MP, Children and Families Minister:
“The government is committed to bringing the best and brightest into social work. Frontline’s achievement today shows that a career supporting vulnerable children and families is an attractive choice for top graduates – making a dramatic difference to children across the country.”
Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education:
“I’m pleased to support Frontline in its efforts to recruit and develop more outstanding social workers into the profession. Putting social work into the Times Top 100 graduate employers for the first time is great news for the profession. Labour is committed to pursuing a national effort to boost the image and prestige of social work in the years ahead.”