Graduate scheme & internship programme

Internship Programme

The National Skills Academy is now recruiting to it's first ever cohort of Interns, to work across the sector this summer.

Placements will run for 6 weeks from the end of July 2013.  Placements, available in many parts of England, will be paid and will give Interns the opportunity to take responsibility for a specific project over the 6 week period.

For more information on the Programme, including the eligibility criteria, please click here.

If you would like to apply, please click here .

Any organisations interested in hosting a trainee can find out more in the Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Management Training Scheme

“I feel the training and experience I am receiving on the Scheme is going to further my skills in a way unimaginable before the scheme, and all in one year!”  

Rachel Cross, Graduate Management Trainee based at BEN, The Automotive Industry Charity

The National Graduate Management Training Scheme is a pioneering programme for graduates interested in a management career in adult social care.

Grad Training Scheme

The experience gained in different roles gives trainees real insight into careers in social care.

The Skills Academy is excited to have recently recruited to a new cohort of trainees, who started in January 2013. We hope to recruit to a fifth cohort in the summer of 2013.

In order to apply for the Scheme, graduates are required to have (or be predicted) a minimum of 2:2 degree or above.

Funded by the Department of Health, the Scheme is part of the Skills Academy’s mission to promote and foster high quality leadership and management in this exciting sector.

Graduate trainees have been placed with a variety of fantastic host organisations including care home providers, membership and representative organisations, and local authorities.

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to register your interest as either a trainee or a Host, please see the relevant section below.

Have you got what it takes for a management career in Social Care? 

"I wanted to do something with purpose to it. Achieving a management qualification at the same time as working in a job really sets you up for a future in Social Care."  

Sian Tomlin, Graduate Management Trainee based at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

We are looking for people who are passionate about becoming future managers and leaders in adult social care – a diverse, challenging and uniquely rewarding sector which shapes and delivers services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Use our interactive tool to find out whether or not a career in Social Care is for you. 

If you are interested in finding out more, please download our information pack

We are hoping to recruit to a fifth cohort of the Scheme in the summer, to start later this year or early next year.

For further information on the recruitment process, please keep an eye on our Facebook page – NSA Social Care Graduate Scheme - and follow us on Twitter @NSASocialCare.

Information for hosts

Would you like the opportunity to obtain some additional resources for your organisation, free of charge and, at the same time, contribute to the development of leadership and management capacity in adult social care?

If so, your organisation could be chosen to host one or more of our National Graduate Management Trainees.  Please note, however, that hosts for cohort 4 have now been selected. 

There are a limited number of Trainees, who join the scheme after a rigorous selection process.

The successful candidates are then placed with hosts who can offer them exposure to different aspects of adult social care over a twelve-month period, whether through front-line practice, back-office organisation, marketing, finance or policy development.

Trainees receive a bursary of £18,000 per year from the Skills Academy, and thereby represent additional potential resource for organisations without their having to employ additional staff.

Benefits of hosting

Benefits of hosting include: 

  • Access to a centrally funded high quality Graduate who has gone through a robust recruitment process
  • A graduate who will bring enthusiasm, new thinking, and intellect to your organisation, and who will have been recruited for their potential to improve services 
  • Access to Leadership Development Training for the designated “Placement Supervisor”
  • Support in performance managing the trainee from the National Skills Academy for Social Care
  • Access to leadership and management development, as Trainees bring the training they receive as part of the scheme back to your organisation 
  • The opportunity to develop and subsequently recruit someone with the potential to become a future leader in social care
  • An opportunity to contribute actively, collectively and coherently to leadership and management development across social care 
  • Promotion of your organisation as being in the vanguard of leadership excellence in adult social care

The deadline for host applications for the 2013 cohort has passed.  However, if you would like to register your interest to host a graduate in future please e-mail    

If you are interested finding out more about hosting, please go to our FAQs for hosts and, for more information on how we match trainees to host organisations, please go to our Matching Guidance Document.

Previous hosts have reaped enormous rewards through having a National Trainee:

Rosie Gray

“Cathy (Hickey - current Graduate Trainee) has become an effective and valued team member in a very short time, and has helped us achieve greater media profile and expand the work we do. Her work has made a real difference to the charity.”   

Emma Williams, Helpline Team Worker, The Relatives and Residents Association

“Hannah Morgan (current trainee) is an asset to our team – very intelligent, proactive and articulate and a pleasure to work with.”   

Zoe Elkins, Head of Care Strategy, The Good Care Group

"MHA have grasped the opportunity to become involved. We have been bowled over by the energy of the graduates and their ability to offer a fresh perspective and try different approaches. 

It is their “unjaundiced eye” which sets this Scheme apart from more traditional management training routes.  Fast tracking leadership means we are able to give them a passion for delivering care and managing an excellent care service.

We are able to bottle that passion and enthusiasm before it gets lost, which can happen during a more lengthy approach.”   

Lynne Bell, Group Training Projects Manager, Methodist Homes

More Information: 

If you are interested finding out more about joining the Scheme, or about hosting in future, please contact

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