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Smart Futures: How to Apply


The Smart Futures programme has had a massive impact on me. You meet some amazing people along the way, you meet wonderful professionals and you also meet other young people who are in the same boat as you.

Why should I apply for the Smart Futures programme?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply for our Smart Futures programme. The process itself is straightforward and it will provide you with quality paid employability skills training, work experience and your own business mentor.

 

 

What will I need to apply?

There are two main steps to the application process. The first is an online application form , which you can access by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button below. The second is a short telephone interview.

Step 1 – Online application form

You will be asked to register with us, so you will need an email address to do this (please use your personal email address and not your school one if possible!)

 

The form itself is short with answers to choose from. You do not have to write lots about your experience or background. You will be asked to choose which programme you would like to apply for, so make sure you have read through the different options on the Smart Futures page and have chosen a programme in a location near you. You will be asked a bit about your background, including some information about your parents/guardians, but remember that most of our Smart Futures programmes do not depend on previous work experience, grades or qualifications.


Please note for places on our Smart Futures Business and Finance programme there are some qualification related criteria e.g. a C/equivalent grade in GCSE English Language, a C/equivalent in GCSE Maths and to be on track for 112 UCAS points with their top 3 A Levels/5 Highers
 

 

Step 2 - Telephone interview

If your initial application is successful, you will be asked to take part in a short telephone interview that will take up to 30 minutes.

 

The interviewer will ask questions about your experiences. You can take examples from your school or home life, as well as sharing your future aspirations. The call is designed to help us get to know your individual strengths and motivations for applying to the Smart Futures programme. We want to get to know you, so relax and be yourself.

 

If you need technical support at any point across the selection process, you can contact us at smartfutures@eyfoundation.ey.com

 

 

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Programmes currently open for applications (please note, we close applications once we receive a high number of applications, please apply asap to avoid disappointment) are listed below.

 

Don't know which sector you're interested in? See an overview of each of our sector programmes on our Smart Futures page.


February Half-Term Starts:


Programme Name:

Date:

Location

Sector Focus of Programme:

Status

Impactful Futures

12th - 16th Feb and 10th - 12th April

London

Charity sector

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Finance

12th - 16th Feb and 10th - 12th April

London

Professional Services

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Technology

12th - 16th Feb and 25th March - 27th March 2024

Bradford

Business & Technology

Closed

Impactful Futures

19th - 23rd Feb and 2nd - 4th April 2024

North West

Charity sector

Closed

STEM Futures

12th - 16th Feb and 2nd - 4th April

Birmingham

STEM

Closed


Easter Holiday / Spring Half-Term Starts:


Programme Name:

Date:

Location

Sector Focus of Programme:

Status

Smart Futures - Business & Technology 

2nd April to 11th April 2024

Haberdashers Schools Only (London)

Business & Technology

Closed

STEM Futures

28th - 31st May and 29th July - 1st August 2024

North (Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester)

STEM

Closed

STEM Futures

28th - 31st May and 29th July - 1st Aug 2024

London

STEM

Closed

Wealth & Asset Management Futures

2nd April - 11th April 2024

London

Wealth & Asset Management

Closed

Tech Futures

2nd - 11th April 2024

London

Digital & Technology

Closed

Sustainable Tech Futures

2nd April - 11th April 2024

London

Sustainable and Technology

Closed

Chartered Banking Institute Futures

2nd April - 12th April 2024

London

Banking and Finance

Closed

Secure Futures - EY funded - Manchester

2nd April - 11th April 2024

Manchester

Security and Technology

Closed

Chartered Banking Institute Futures

2nd April - 12th April 2024

Durham, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester

Banking and Finance

Closed

Trade Futures

2nd April - 11th April 2024

London

Government / HMRC

Closed

Trade Futures

28th May - 31st May 2024 & TBC

Newcastle

Government / HMRC

Closed

Secure Futures

28th May - 31st May and 29th July to 1st August 2024

London

Security and Technology

Closed

Smart Futures - Business & Technology

28th - 31st May and 29th July - 1st August 2024

Birmingham

Business & Technology

Closed


Summer Starts:


Programme Name:

Date:

Location

Sector Focus of Programme:

Status

Smart Futures Business & Finance

10th June - 19th July 2024

Glasgow

Professional Services

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Finance

24th June - 3rd July 2024

Edinburgh & Aberdeen

Professional Services

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Finance

22nd July - 31st July 2024

London

Professional Services

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Finance

5th August - 14th August 2024

London

Professional Services

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Finance

5th August - 14th August 2024

Birmingham

Professional Services

Open

Smart Futures Business & Finance

29th July - 7th August 2024

North (Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Bradford)

Professional Services

Closed

Met Futures

Summer – Exact Dates TBC

London

Police / Corporate Services e.g. finance, legal, comms etc

Closed

Chartered Banking Institute Futures

22nd July - 1st August

Edingburgh

Banking and Finance

Closed

Private Equity Futures

12th August - 22nd August 2024

Non-working day - 15th August (A Level results day)

London

Private Equity

Closed

Data Driven Futures: Actuaries

19th August - 29th August 2024

London

Data, Business Analytics and Risk

Closed

Smart Futures Business & Technology

5th August - 14th August 2024

London

Business & Technology

Closed

Real Estate Futures

29th July - 7th August 2024

London

Real Estate

Closed



To apply for our programmes, please follow the link below

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