MP backs new intern programme

Eric Ollerenshaw MP
Eric Ollerenshaw MP

Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw is supporting the Social Mobility Foundation as it seeks to place candidates in mentoring and internship programmes across the country.

He is encouraging local people who match the selection criteria to apply for the various schemes.

The SMF offer a range of entirely free of charge programmes consisting of mentoring, internships, university application support and skills development for disadvantaged year 12 students across the UK.

It is supported by more than 200 prestigious employers across 11 professional sectors.

They also administrate the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme in Westminster, which Eric helped to set up.

The programmes are completely free of charge and support students in the first year of sixth form up until graduation, ensuring bright young people from less privileged backgrounds are best prepared to reach their potential, and thereby aspire to leading universities and top-level professions.

Students receive e-mentoring, internship placements, career insight days, skills development workshops and university visits and application advice.

The Aspiring Professionals Programme caters for young people interested in 11 different career sectors including accountancy, engineering, law, medicine and politics and is open to students within an hour’s distance of the SMF’s seven target cities. Students from outside of these cities can also apply to their Summer Residential Programmes.

To be eligible to apply students need to meet their academic and background criteria, details of which can be found on our website here.

The deadline for applications is January 27.