Opening of application date for Frontline scheme announced

11th September 2013

Speaking at LinkedIn today, Michael Gove and Andrew Adonis will announce that from 30 September 2013 outstanding graduates will be able to apply to an exciting new career in children’s social work. Frontline will offer 100 successful applicants the opportunity to join a world-class leadership development programme, helping change the lives of some of Britain’s most vulnerable children. 

Applicants will undertake a rigorous four-stage process including a self-selection questionnaire, online application form, psychometric testing and an assessment centre. Those who make the grade will join Frontline’s two-year programme beginning with a five-week Summer Institute in July 2014. Throughout October and November, Frontline’s Recruitment Team will attend universities across Britain to position social work as a career of choice for high-achieving graduates. Frontline has already received over 2,800 expressions of interest from potential applicants.

Frontline’s launch event is an opportunity for the organisation to acknowledge the commitment shown by its supporters over the past year. In the past twelve months Frontline has grown from a policy paper to an organisation with a head office, university partner and is about to embark on an extensive recruitment campaign. By hosting the launch event, LinkedIn is supporting Frontline’s recruitment of career changers from its 4 million members across the UK.

Commenting on the announcement of Frontline’s application opening date: 

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, said:

‘I am determined to reform the social work profession so all social workers have the training they need to protect our most vulnerable children. Frontline will attract the very best and brightest graduates who want a real challenge. Those accepted will have the privilege and satisfaction of making a real difference.’

Lord Andrew Adonis, Frontline Chair, said:

‘I’m pleased to announce today that on 30 September 2013 applications open for the Frontline programme. This is simply one of the most exciting graduate opportunities in the last ten years and participants will find it both challenging and rewarding. Frontline will bring to the attention of Britain’s brightest graduates the benefits of a career in children’s social work. Participants will make a difference in society by working with families making a real contribution to the most vulnerable children. I wish them every success and encourage graduates up for a real challenge to apply.’

Josh MacAlister, Chief Executive, Frontline, said:

‘Over the past twelve months, Frontline has been overwhelmed with support and interest. Our launch is an important opportunity to acknowledge and thank our supporters for their help on the journey so far. We still have lots of work to do, and that’s why we’re excited to announce that from 30 September we will begin recruiting our first cohort of outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work. Applicants will be applying for one of Britain’s toughest and most rewarding jobs where they can transform lives for the most vulnerable children.’

Holly Branson, Founder, Big Change Charitable Trust, said:

‘We set up Big Change Charitable Trust to support organisations who make a real difference to young people’s lives, by finding innovative solutions to difficult social problems. In Frontline we believe we have found the perfect partner. Their hands on approach to attract the best graduates for a challenging and rewarding career in children’s social work will benefit the most vulnerable children in society.’

Jerome Harvey-Agyei, care leaver, advocate and participation worker, said:

‘I know first-hand the difference a great social worker can make to a young person’s life. I remember the best social workers from my childhood by name and can honestly say that without their support my life would not have turned out the same. Frontline is a great initiative to get the best and brightest people into social work, a real job with real responsibility where you can really change lives.’

Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, LinkedIn EMEA, said:

‘At LinkedIn, we’re focused on connecting talent with opportunity and see the transformations that the right connections can have on people’s careers and lives. We’re proud to support Frontline in the work it’s doing to transform the lives of children and families.’