Applications for our 2020 programme have now closed.

If you have applied please make sure you have also sent us your paper eligibility form (accessible here) and that your nominated teacher was able to submit their reference.

All applicants will find out by email by February-March if they have been successful.


The Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)  is carefully designed to open up professions for those with the ability to join them in the future, but without the means or networks to get there.

We aim to give young people a real insight into top professions and to provide them with the skills needed to achieve their aspirations. We offer support through our four pillars:

  1. Mentoring by a professional via email
  2. Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
  3. University application support and guidance
  4. Internships with top employers

Students complete one application to the APP but how they receive our four pillars of support is dependent on where they live:

APP City

Students who live within an hour of an APP City (Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle) are offered skill sessions, internships and university application support in their city. They will also receive a mentor from their chosen sector.

APP Residential

Students who live more than an hour of an APP City are prioritised for APP Residential. APP Residential offers the opportunity to undertake a one or two week internship with a top employer in London or Middlesborough. Students will be part of a group, and all expenses including travel, meals and accommodation are included. Whilst on the residential and in addition to the internship, students receive skill sessions and university application support. Their mentor will be from the employer that they undertake their placement with.

APP Reach

Students who live more than an hour from an APP City who may be unable to attend workshops in person are prioritised for APP Reach. It’s open to motivated, ambitious students from who may not meet the academic criteria for APP Residential. Students receive online resources and video tutorials to develop key skills and career knowledge, university application support, and a mentor from their chosen sector.

Hear more about the APP from SMF students themselves in the video below:

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