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Social Mobility Foundation - Aspiring Professionals Programme

The APP supports high achieving Year S5 students from low income backgrounds across the UK to access top universities and careers. The Social Mobility Foundation offer support through our four pillars:

  • Mentoring by a professional
  • Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
  • University application support and guidance
  • Internships with top employers

How students receive their four pillars of support is dependent on where they live. Please see below for further details of the programmes on offer.

Students must apply by 12 noon, Wednesday 16th December 2020 by completing our application form here.

Application form and resources

Click the links below to access information and resources.

Application form

Eligibility Criteria

Guidance notes for teachers

Watch our video to hear from SMF students

Social Mobility Foundation will be holding webinars to introduce both school contacts and students to the programme:

Webinar registration for school contacts

Webinar registration for students

“To anyone thinking of applying to the APP, I would say “do it!” Having support from people who want the best for you and want you to succeed gives you that extra boost of confidence to trust your capabilities and continue to have high ambitions.” – Sofia, 2020 cohort

Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)

APP City

Students who live within an hour of an APP City (Birmingham, Cardiff*, Glasgow*, Leeds, Liverpool, London Manchester and Newcastle*) are offered the above support in their APP city. They will also receive a mentor from their chosen profession.

*1.5 hours from Cardiff, Glasgow or Newcastle

We offer support on APP City to young people interested in: Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Digital, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, Politics, No Preference

For more information, click here

APP Residential

This is for students anywhere in the UK outside of London and who would like an insight into a specific sector with top employers from that field. If government guidance allows, the work experience element on this programme will be a face to face residential in London. Students will receive a mentor from the same firm, skill development workshops and university application support. Students outside of London can apply to APP City and one employer/sector specific strand:

J.P. Morgan Finance, J.P. Morgan Digital, KPMG Accountancy, BP Engineering, PA Consulting Springboard, Neil Stevens Fellowship Digital, Law Insight, Medicine Insight*. For more information, click here

*Medicine Insight open for students in England only

APP Reach

APP Reach is for students anywhere in the UK who do not meet our academic criteria for APP City, but meet our APP Reach academic criteria, and have ambition to go to university. 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 or click here

Virtual support

Students across all programmes are offered virtual support via webinars and digital resources, either where their location inhibits in person interaction, or where social distancing restrictions are in place.

Deadline for applications – 12 noon, Wednesday 16th December 2020

Please encourage your students to apply!

“The J.P. Morgan Residential was a life-changing two weeks. I met so many great people and learnt so much about both the Banking industry and the professional world in general. After the internship I am a much more confident, prepared and motivated person.” - Artur, 2019 Cohort

  • Each year, at least 60% of SMF students go onto Russell Group universities
  • 94% of students in 2018 said they wouldn’t have got their internship without the help of the SMF