Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw is urging youngsters to take advantage of a free scheme to help disadvantaged students succeed in university applications and careers in top professions.
He is supporting the Social Mobility Foundation as it seeks to place candidates in mentoring and internship programmes across the country.
Applicants from students in their first year at sixth form have to be in by January 27.
He said:“The Social Mobility Foundation does fantastic work helping people from less well off backgrounds build their skills and experiences and to enter the professions.
“I would encourage local youngsters who want to get on to look at the placements on offer and to make an application.”
The foundation offers a range of programmes consisting of mentoring, internships, university application support and skills development for Year 12 students from less privileged backgrounds across the UK.
It aims to support students in the first year of sixth form up to 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.”
Chosen students receive e-mentoring, internship placements, career insight days, skills development workshops and university visits and application advice.
The Aspiring Professionals Programme covers careers including accountancy, engineering, law, medicine and politics.
There is also a summer residential programme. Further details from www.social mobility.org.uk