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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 not only straightforward, but also a great experience for future job applications and interviews.


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. 


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 Professional Services programme there are some qualification related criteria.

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 or call 0207 951 3133.


Please note, we are not currently recruiting for any programmes.

Our Summer 2023 programmes have now been filled. 


Please check back for opportunities to apply to an upcoming programme near you.

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Find out more

Download the Smart Futures brochure for further detail on the programme


Find answers to our most frequently asked questions by other young people