Our 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 people a real insight into top professions and to provide them with the skills needed to achieve their aspirations.  We select only those who meet our criteria to ensure that we are supporting those who need it most.

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

How students 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, 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 profession.

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. Students will be part of a group, and all expenses including travel to London and accommodation are included. Whilst on their 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 less privileged backgrounds 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 profession.

This year, we will open an office in Liverpool, bringing the number of regional offices to five after opening an office in Manchester in 2014, Glasgow in 2015, and Birmingham and Newcastle in 2016. Our aim is to create a network of regional offices to ensure we can support young people from anywhere in the UK. We’re looking forward to further increasing our work in order to support students regardless of where they live.

Hear from SMF students themselves in the video below:

Resources for all schools/colleges:
The SMF video – a video overview of our programme for students and teachers
Student Guidance Notes: this provides guidance on how to complete the application form and questions
Teacher Guidance Notes: these provide guidance about our programme, our eligibility criteria and the application process.
Teacher Reference Guide: this provides guidance about completing a teacher reference in support of your students’ applications.

Find our programme eligibility criteria here.
Check our List A: schools which have a GCSE/National 5 pass rate of 50% or lower here.
Check our List B: schools where 20% or more students are registered for Free School Meals here.

Posters for students in BirminghamGlasgowLeedsLiverpoolLondonManchester and Newcastle.
Posters for students in other cities in England and other cities in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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