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The Think Ahead programme

Applications are drawing to a close to join the Think Ahead programme in 2021.

We will announce the deadlines for applications to these areas with at least one week’s notice – please keep monitoring this page for announcements.

Deadlines are now in place for 5pm Wednesday, 10 March at the following locations:

  • Yorkshire: Leeds, York.
  • East Midlands: Mid Nottinghamshire.
  • South East: Epsom.
  • North West: Chester, Cheshire.

To be considered for these locations you must complete the first stage of our application process, submitting a registration form by the appointed deadline.

Applications currently remain open for the areas listed below.

  • North East: Durham, Blyth*.
  • Yorkshire: Scarborough, Bradford.
  • East Midlands: Lincoln.
  • South East: Dover.
  • East of England: Ipswich, Braintree.
  • South West: Liskeard*, Taunton, Devizes, Warminster*.
  • North West: Blackpool.

*Please note that the spaces originally announced as being in Newcastle will now be in Blyth. Please also note that Liskeard replaces Bodmin, and Warminster replaces Chippenham, as some of the locations in the South West.

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Find out more about the programme

Applications to join the Think Ahead programme in 2021 are now closed for all other locations. National applications to join our intake in 2022 are expected to open in the autumn of 2021.

To receive updates and information about the programme and our 2022 intake, sign up to our newsletter below. Please note, however, that we will not be communicating future deadlines for the 2021 programme via this newsletter.

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For answers to frequently asked questions about how the programme will be delivered for the 2021 intake, please visit our FAQs page.

Please note: We make conditional offers to candidates as soon as they are successful at an assessment centre. The earlier you apply, the greater your chance of attending an earlier assessment date. 

Once we have conditionally offered all of the places available in 2021, further successful candidates are placed on a reserve list. Reserve list members may be offered a place in 2021 if other candidates do not fulfil the conditions of their offer, or they may be offered a place to join the programme in 2022.

You can only apply once to join the 2021 intake – however, if your application is unsuccessful on this occasion, you are welcome to apply again for the 2022 intake.

Other opportunities

In addition to our main programme, Think Ahead also offers: