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									                                                 The Guardian
                                                 The Graduate
                                                 Edition:            01
                                                 Date:               16­09­2009
                                                 Type:               General Consumer
                                                 Frequency:          300 Per Year
                                                 Circulation:        364491
                                                 Page:               4

                                                 ArticleId:          27597162

     Demand for managers in fast-growing sector
      A new graduate trainee
      scheme will be providing
      the social care management
      executives of the future.
      What does it offer?

      Saba Salman                                                   guaranteed at the end, but the salary                          difficult decisions to make.”
                                                                    for a residential care home manager, for
     Isn’t it every graduate’s wish to join a
                                                                    example, might start at £32,000.                              Spreading the word
                                                                       The first 20 graduates come from a                          There has been some criticism from private
     growth industry? Making sure that your
                                                                    range of disciplines and from all over                         care providers that the scheme ignores
     first step on to the career ladder is within
                                                                    England, and the programme aims to give                        the need to recruit more frontline, junior
     an expanding sector will provide you with
                                                                    each trainee and their host employer a                         staff. Others have suggested the initia-
     a secure and challenging working life.
                                                                    boost, raising the profile of social care and                   tive needs to go hand-in-hand with wider
         Look no further than adult social care.
                                                                    increasing awareness of how rewarding a                        improvements to training and accredita-
     The sector provides services to support
                                                                    care career can be. “There will be a wider                     tion courses for existing junior staff.
     people, often disabled or elderly, with
                                                                    impact in the boost given to our gradu-                           However, the NSA hopes the knock-on
     their daily needs. Around 1.5 million peo-
                                                                    ates,” explains McSheehy. “The scheme                          effect of its graduate scheme will be to
     ple work in adult social care in private
                                                                    helps people to recognise there are some                       spread the word about opportunities in
     social care firms and local authorities,
                                                                    interesting job opportunities and path-                        social care and help with general recruit-
     and the figure is expected to grow to an
                                                                    ways in social care.”                                          ment to the sector, an assertion backed by
     estimated 2.5 million by 2025 to meet the
     demands of an ageing population.                                                                                              the British Association of Social Workers.
                                                                         Each of the participants will be paid                        The NSA also rejects suggestions its
         This month, the National Skills Acad-
                                                                      £20,000 through the academy and,                             approach will create a two-tiered system,
     emy for Social Care (NSA), a government-
                                                                      through their host employer, will carry                      with some social care executives working
     funded but employer-led body to promote
                                                                      out a variety of roles in order to hone new                  their way up after starting on lower levels,
     excellence in training, has launched the
                                                                      management and leadership skills. “This                      while NSA graduates begin their careers at
     first ever national graduate social care
                                                                      isn’t a course as such,” adds McSheehy,                      senior managerial level. The two paths into
     management trainee scheme.
                                                                      “It’s a year of management leadership                        social care management, says McSheehy,
         Supported by the Department of Health
                                                                      and experience through a placement. The                      “complement each other”. “Frankly, it’s
     and described by care minister Phil Hope
                                                                      graduates are not cheap labour – they will                   about attracting more people into the sec-
     as “a unique and exciting development for
                                                                      have access to appropriate qualifications                     tor, and that can only be a good thing.”
     adult social care”, the one-year programme
                                                                      and training.”                                                  So if you happen to be an arts graduate,
     is designed to create the sector’s executives
                                                                         The trainees will also have to study                      says McSheehy, do not dismiss a career in
     of the future. Liz McSheehy, NSA director,
                                                                      for a management-related qualification                        social care. “If you were a history gradu-
     explains: “The aim is to look at how we can
                                                                      during their year-long placement – prob-                     ate and you heard about this scheme but
     grow future leaders in adult social care.
                                                                      ably an MSc or postgraduate diploma in                       didn’t think your degree was relevant, I’d
     Effective leadership and management has
                                                                      social work management. The scheme                           say, come and talk to us, speak to some
     been a common theme in reviews of adult
                                                                      also includes one-to-one mentoring for                       employers and get an understanding of
     social care for some time.”
                                                                      six months after the 12-month placement                      what’s going on in social care.”
         Usually, social care professionals can rise
                                                                      ends. This support will help participants
     through the ranks with professional devel-
                                                                      find the right job.                                           Weblinks
     opment courses, leading to management
                                                                         So what sort of qualities do you need
     level. The NSA scheme, however, gives 20
                                                                      to make it as a social care manager? For                     National Skills Academy for Social Care:
     executives of the future a year of manage-
                                                                      McSheehy, while it is vital to be “emotion-        
     ment and leadership experience, hosted by
                                                                      ally intelligent, perceptive and caring”, it                 Social Care Institute for Excellence:
     one of 20 employers from across England.
                                                                      is equally crucial to recognise that social        
         Although details were still being final-
                                                                      care is a business like any other. “We can
     ised in the run-up to its launch, McSheehy
                                                                      have the soft skills but must recognise
     says that a typical employer might be a
                                                                      that, if we are training leaders for the
     local authority, a small privately-run care
                                                                      future, they have to be quite strong and
     home or a voluntary sector group support-
                                                                      tough – if you’re a local authority director
     ing vulnerable people in their homes. As
                                                                      of adult social services you have a lot of
     with any graduate scheme, a job is not

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                                                 The Guardian
                                                 The Graduate
                                                 Edition:            01
                                                 Date:               16­09­2009
                                                 Type:               General Consumer
                                                 Frequency:          300 Per Year
                                                 Circulation:        364491
                                                 Page:               4

                                                 ArticleId:          27597162

         Trainee voices The first intake

                        Rachel Downing, 21, has just                any obstacles to prevent this. I think the                  I found the management scheme in adult
                        graduated in law from Kings                 biggest challenge might be bridging the                     social care could be perfect for me as it
                        College, London University                  gap between cuts to public spending and                     allows me to develop into an executive
                                                                    a growing elderly population, which will                    role but also to make a difference to
                                                                    inevitably lead to a greater number of                      people’s lives.
         I always had an interest in working in                     services users.                                                 From doing this scheme I can tailor my
         social care and thought the scheme                                                                                     management career to what suits me and
         would offer me invaluable hands-on                                         Paul Growney, 23, has a first                 what I enjoy as I will have experience in a
         experience in the adult social care sector,                               class psychology degree from                 wide variety of management roles. I hope
         as well as the support to allow me to                                     Liverpool University                         to learn what social care managers do, how
         reach my full potential. I was attracted                                                                               they operate on a day-to-day basis and
         to the unique challenges faced by a                                                                                    what the outcomes of their work are. I also
         social care manager and would like to be                   I applied for the scheme because in                         would like to learn about management in
         involved in shaping social care policy.                    university I had a quandary – I either                      general, and the different aspects such
             I hope to learn management and                         wanted an executive career or one helping                   as finance, personnel, HR, and customer
         leadership skills as well as gaining a                     people, whether in psychological therapies                  service.
         thorough understanding of the issues                       or graduate medicine programmes. I                              I think the biggest challenge might be
         facing the social care sector. For me, the                 always thought executive roles and caring                   digesting such a vast array of information
         most rewarding thing will be enabling                      roles were opposing concepts. However,                      and management techniques in just a year.
         people to live as they wish, without                       through researching graduate programmes                     Interviews by Saba Salman

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                                                 The Guardian
                                                 The Graduate
                                                 Edition:            01
                                                 Date:               16­09­2009
                                                 Type:               General Consumer
                                                 Frequency:          300 Per Year
                                                 Circulation:        364491
                                                 Page:               4

                                                 ArticleId:          27597162

         Special synergy: To make a good social care professional you need to be emotionally inteligent, perceptive and caring

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