It’s run in partnership between Skills for Care, the NHS Leadership Academy, and supported by the Department of Health and Social Care. It includes a secondment with our NHS partners, providing graduates with an important opportunity to consider the interface between health and social care.
To ensure we get the best graduates with the right values, they complete a rigorous values-based selection process. The successful applicants are then carefully matched with organisations that can make a real impact and offer a progressive development route towards leadership.
There are many benefits to hosting a graduate, and they can often be a great catalyst for change and improvement.
Yvonne Obuaya, Managing Director at Curado, also welcomed a graduate into her organisation.
“What attracted me to this programme?”, she smiles. “When I was at an interview panel for the programme, the presentations that the graduates were giving were so impressive. I thought to myself wow, I need these people in my company.”
The experience has been enlightening for graduate Ruth Fulcher, helping her conclude that she wants to progress with a career in the sector.
Yvonne continues: “We’ve had young people in our workforce over the years, but with a graduate we’ve never provided a structured programme where they can make health and social care a career choice.”
Overall, the programme has been a positive experience for Curado: “There have been lots of benefits, but I would say the key ones have been the impact on our workforce. Our employee engagement has enhanced greatly, and when you have more valued staff, they are more motivated, and they will go the extra mile.
“That in effect has had an impact on the quality of care that’s being delivered, and it’s given Curado an insight into the direction it wants to go into.”
Could you host an ambitious graduate?
Online applications are now open for organisations to apply to host a graduate. You have until Monday 6 April 2020.