Social Mobility Foundation: Applications Open for 2019 Aspiring Professionals Programme


We are pleased to announce that the Social Mobility Foundation’s free Aspiring Professionals Programme is now open for 2019. We would be would be delighted if you could share this email with relevant contacts.

Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)

The APP supports high achieving Year 13 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

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

Watch our video to hear from SMF students.

Students must apply by Friday 21st of December 2018 by completing our application form here.


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* | No Preference

*(England only)


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 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.

If you would like to request a school visit from the SMF, simply complete our booking form here.

Deadline – Friday 21st of December 2018

Please encourage your students to apply!

“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 let me know if I can help to support student applications or answer questions. We are keen to support as many students from Loreto Grammar School as possible this year.

Best wishes,


Shivangi Rajani | Programme Engagement Intern

The Social Mobility Foundation

1st and 2nd Floor, 43-47 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR

Tel: 0207 183 1189 |Web: |Twitter:@socialmobilityf


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