Social Mobility Foundation’s FREE Aspiring Professionals Programme

To be completed by: Tue 16 Oct 2018

Time: -Tue 16 Oct 2018 | Venue:

The Social Mobility Foundation’s FREE Aspiring Professionals Programme is now open for 2019.


Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)

The APP supports high achieving Year 12 students from low income backgrounds across the UK to access top universities and careers. We offer support through our four pillars:

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


Students must apply by completing our application form here.


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 APP city. They will also receive a mentor from their chosen profession.

We offer support to young people interested in:

Accountancy | Architecture | Banking & Finance | Biology & Chemistry| Business | Digital | Engineering & Physics | Law | Media & Communications | Medicine| Politics | No Preference

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. In addition to the internship, students receive skill sessions and university application support whilst on the residential. Their mentor will be from the employer that they undertake their placement with.

APP Residential is available to students interested in:

Accountancy | Banking & Finance| Digital | Engineering & Physics | Law | Medicine


APP Reach

We are very keen to work with schools, colleges and parts of the country that do not usually have young people on our programmes. Therefore, if this applies to you and your top achievers don’t quite meet our criteria, you should encourage them to apply as they may still be eligible to receive support from us.

APP Reach is designed to offer as many aspects of our programme as we can to people who could benefit from our activities and resources, subject to our capacity and their location. All students will receive a mentor and access to online resources. To find out more about APP Reach, please contact us.


Useful links

Read about APP City here

Read about APP Residential here and APP Reach here, and find eligibility criteria here.

Find our teacher guidance notes here.

Find our online application form here and student guidance notes here.


APP City – Wednesday 19th December

APP Residential / APP Reach – Friday 21st December


“The summer residential internship at Jacobs was everything that I was hoping it would be and more! It provided me with countless opportunities that I never would have had otherwise. I’ve networked with and met professionals and it’s built up so many of my skills, as well as building my confidence. I have made friends for life on this programme and it’s all thanks to the SMF” – Amy, 2018 Cohort, County Londonderry

  • Each year, at least 60% of SMF students go onto Russell Group universities
  • 86% of students in 2016 said they wouldn’t have got their internship without the help of the SMF
  • IFS Studies show that the scale of our impact on elite university entry is akin to a candidate having 3 A*s at A-Level rather than 3 As.


Please e-mail with any questions.


Published: 16/10/2018
Audience: Sixth Form teachers
Contact: Sarah Crossan

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