Applications for the 2019 Aspiring Professionals Programme are now closed
The deadline for eligibility forms and teacher references for all students is 9am, Friday 25th January 2019.
Please follow this link to be directed to the application form on Survey Gismo: surveygizmo.com/s3/4748412/APP2019
After you have passed the first page a ‘Save and continue’ option will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. If you enter your email you will be sent a unique link you can use to log back in and continue your application at a later date. Please check your junk folder for this email. If you do not do this your answers may not save. We do also recommend saving your written answers offline.
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:
- Mentoring by a professional via email
- Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
- University application support and guidance
- 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:
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.
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, 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.
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: