Skills for Care seeks hosts for graduate leadership programme


Skills for Care is seeking partner organisations to provide work experience for graduates in a leadership programme.

The Skills for Care’s Graduate Management Programme, which is run in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy and the Department of Health and Social Care, offers talented graduates experience of working in both health and social care.

Andy Tilden, Skills for Care’s interim CEO, added: “Now going into our tenth cohort, we’ve seen many success stories over the years as the programme continues to develop influential and confident leaders of the future.

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“It’s imperative that we continue to invest in new talent as the sector faces significant challenges. The programme offers graduates the chance to develop their careers, and their hosts have told us how graduates have created opportunities to do things differently in their service. I would urge any organisation thinking of offering a placement to apply before the deadline.”

Melanie Weatherly MBE, Chair of Lincolnshire Care Association (LinCA), recently hosted graduate Grace Neal. Over her year with LinCA, Grace set out to improve the workforce of care staff in Lincolnshire by working closely with schools and colleges to develop a Care College in Lincoln. She supported SME providers to access council levy funding, increasing the amount of apprenticeships in Lincolnshire.

Grace also completed her secondment with Health Education England, helping her to understand health and social care as a system-wide approach.

“What has been fantastic to watch is the way that Grace has blossomed, and there isn’t any other way to describe it,” said Melanie. “LinCA would be happy to host another graduate, and part of Grace’s contract involves her completing an application to host a future graduate.”

Applications for organisations to host a graduate are open now until Monday 6 April 2020.  More information about the programme can be found at

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