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Social work has been included in The Times list of the top 100 graduate employers

Frontline, the fast-track social work scheme has made its debut into the rankings at number 76. After interviewing over 18,000 recent graduates, the social work company is the highest new entry of this year.

The graduate scheme takes just 13 months to turn graduates to qualified children’s social workers. The application process is intense, with 4 stages before an actual place is given. From there, the candidates sit a 5 week summer training course, followed by a year of on the job training under the mentorship of an experienced social worker. The second year allows applicants to work as a qualified social worker – with the option of studying for a master’s degree.

While it has been under slight criticism from some social work academics, Frontline has seen over 2,500 applicants for its 100 places in its first year. It’s also received financial backing from the Department of Education.

It has even beaten the likes of Oxfam, Lloyd’s of London and Penguin Random House in the ranking table.

Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, called it “great news for the profession”, saying that “Labour is committed to pursuing a national effort to boost the image and prestige of social work in the years ahead”.

Josh MacAlister, chief executive of Frontline, commented: “This is an exciting day for Frontline. Our place in the Times Top 100 demonstrates that the best graduates are motivated by the rewards of a job with social purpose.”

Applications are now open for 2015, but hurry as there are only 100 places on offer.