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Apply to Smart Futures

We are looking for applications from those of you who are:

  • Currently in Year 12 (England) or Fifth Year (Scotland)
  • Eligible for free school meals at some point in the past six years
  • Attending a state school
  • Studying any combination of A-level/International Baccalaureate/BTEC Level 3s/Standards/Highers
  • Ambitious and motivated to join the world of work
  • Looking for a great paid work experience this summer or Easter* that will help you secure a job after school, or a place at university.

*Easter programme only available in London and Manchester

Do you meet the criteria and want to have a great experience of work this summer? We’d love you to apply now.

How do I apply?

The application process is designed to demonstrate what it takes to successfully apply for a job in a business. There are lots of hints and tips on how to successfully complete the application process. If you have any queries about applying you can email us with your questions

“The application process seemed daunting, but it was a good experience to get some practice at something I’ll have to do again in the near future. There were some difficult questions but when I got offered a place on the programme you soon realise that it was so worth all the effort.”
Lorraine, Smart Futures Edinburgh alumnus

Application process

Complete and submit an online application form for the programme.

Tip: after you submit your online application look at the online resources and complete some of the practice tests available here.

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