The APP is our core programme and is completely free of charge. It’s open to motivated, ambitious students from less privileged backgrounds in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.


There have never been more young people applying to university and graduate jobs are extremely competitive. The APP is designed to support hard working students who might not have family members with the relevant educational or career experience to guide them. If you’re bright and determined, but not sure how to get to where you want in terms of university and jobs, we can help. We want to give you the opportunities to show your potential no matter what your background is. Here at the SMF we are proud that the majority of our students go on to the top universities in the UK and undertake experiences and opportunities with us that help them gain employment in prestigious organisations.

Some of the firms supporting the Aspiring Professionals Programme and who are offering the opportunity to gain experience include:

Aberdeen Asset Management, Baker & McKenzie, 50+ Barrister Chambers, Cambridge Associates, CH2M, Clifford Chance, The Economist, EDF Energy, E.ON, Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Times, Grant Thornton, the Institute of Public Policy Research, KPMG, Linklaters, The Observer, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Taylor Wessing, Siemens, The Spectator and UCL Hospital.

Who can apply?

Click here to check our eligibility criteria. Remember, once you’re accepted onto the scheme, we will offer you opportunities right through to graduation and after. You can click here to find the criteria for the different career sectors.

If you have any further questions check out our FAQs or contact us on app@socialmobility.org.uk. You may also want to check out our great residential programmes, which you may be eligible for if you live outside of London.

Check out a list of some of the opportunities given to students in London, during March-October 2015.

Applications for our 2016 Aspiring Professionals Programme are now closed. 

If you are in Year 11 and are interested in applying to the Aspiring Professionals Programme in Year 12, sign-up to receive notifications when applications open in the new academic year.

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