The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

Smart Futures

SMART FUTURES — get paid to have a great experience of work.

Smart Futures is a ten month programme which starts with paid work experience during Easter* and summer. It will give you a variety of transferable skills to give you a head start. Smart Futures can make you more employable, helping you with your next steps whether that’s university, college, an apprenticeship or a job.

A mentor will support you throughout the ten months and advise you on one of the biggest career choices you will make: the first step in your working life. You will also be invited to a series of events throughout your final school year.

How to apply

To be eligible for the programme you will be:

  • Currently in Year 12 (England) or Fifth Year (Scotland)
  • Eligible for free school meals at some point in the past six years (i.e. household income has been less than £16,190 in England or £16,105 in Scotland)
  • Attending a state school
  • Studying any combination of A-level/International Baccalaureate/BTEC Level 3s/National/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.
Apply now

*Easter programme only available in London and Manchester

Our stories

 EY Foundation – Mohammed’s story

Mohammed’s story

Smart Futures programme set the building blocks for Mohammed’s career.

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EY Foundation – Prabhjot’s story

Prabhjot’s story

Prabhjot shares her experience on the Smart Futures programme, and how it has made getting into her career of choice less of an ideal and more of a goal.

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EY Foundation – Prabhjot’s story

Kierran, Smart Futures Manchester

“Before Smart Futures I was a bit reserved and not sure of where I was going, I wouldn’t have known what to say in an interview. But since the programme I have spoken in front of my whole year group and I just didn’t think about it, I knew I could do it. Smart Futures has opened up a lot of doors for me, I can say I have a whole range of experiences now!”