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:
- Mentoring by a professional via email
- Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
- University application support and guidance
- Internships with top employers
How students receive our four pillars of support is dependent on where they live:
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 APP city. They will also receive a mentor from their chosen profession.
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 with all expenses paid. 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.
This year, we have opened offices in Birmingham and Newcastle, bringing the number of regional offices to four after opening an office in Manchester in 2014 and Glasgow in 2015. 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 teachers and students
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 list of schools where 20% or more students are registered for Free School Meals here
Check our list of schools to identify those which have a GCSE pass rate of 50% or lower here