Smart Futures has helped me with one of the biggest barriers I have had in my life, I can finally walk into a room and feel like it doesn’t matter where I am from, I can do this.
Smart Futures is a 10-month programme which includes paid work experience, interactive employability skills training and mentoring for those in Year 12 or S5 in Scotland. The Smart Futures programme is formally recognised and accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and will help you develop key skills that are essential in the workplace.
The Smart Futures programme is run across many different locations in the UK, including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.
On the Smart Futures programme, you will:
The Smart Futures programme is supported by EY and a range of other employer partners across the UK. We offer some industry-specific programmes which offer tailored work-experience opportunities and insight into particular industries and sectors, however it doesn't matter if you don't know exactly what career you would like to go into, all of our Smart Futures programmes will give you a great experience of the world of work and will teach you lots of transferrable skills.
Some of the different Smart Futures programmes we offer are:
Smart Futures Professional Services*
An extended two-year programme for young people interested in a career in professional services. The programme offers paid work experience and employment skills training, alongside mentoring and ongoing support with application and recruitment processes to help you take your first steps into a career in accounting, consulting or other professional services.
This programme offers the opportunity to gain experience and an understanding of the variety of roles available in the security industry, keeping us safe online, in the workplace, at home and in public spaces.
The technology and digital sector continues to grow as the world is shaped by virtual experiences. This specialist programme, supported by international technology companies, allows for insight, work experience and mentorship from technology professionals at the cutting edge of the latest digital advancements.
Smart Futures CBI with the Chartered Banker Institute
The Chartered Banker Institute is the largest professional body for bankers in the UK. This programme is ideal for those interested in banking, finance or accountancy, giving you the unrivalled chance to understand what a banking career will involve and the skills necessary to enter this demanding sector.
Are you interested in finding out more about the wide range of corporate service roles and jobs provided by the Metropolitan Police? The Met Futures programme provides Year 12 students based in London with the opportunity to take part in a 3 week paid internship programme with the Metropolitan Police alongside 10 months of business mentoring.
*We are not recruiting for this programme at present, you can see the Smart Futures programmes that are currently on offer here.
To apply, you must be:
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