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The Think Ahead programme

Applications are open to join the Think Ahead programme in 2021 in the locations listed below. Applications are now closed for all other areas – however, a limited number of further locations may be announced in the new year.

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Applications are open for the following areas:

  • North East: Durham, Newcastle, Blyth (Northumberland)
  • Yorkshire: Leeds, York, Scarborough, Bradford
  • East Midlands: Lincoln, Mid Nottinghamshire
  • West Midlands: Stafford
  • South East: Dover, St Albans, Luton, Epsom (Surrey)
  • East of England: Ipswich, Braintree
  • South West: Bodmin (Cornwall), Somerset, Devizes (Wiltshire), Warminster (Wiltshire)
  • North West: Chester, Blackpool, Preston, Cheshire

If you would like a place in one of these areas, you can apply now. Further locations may be announced in early 2021. We will announce the application deadline for the remaining areas with at least one week’s notice – sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date.

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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.

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: