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The Challenge gives school-leavers a rare chance to win twelve months paid on-the-job training, leading to an apprenticeship qualification and potential full time employment in the creative sector.
We’ve taken on a number of apprentices since the scheme began in 2012. Jon Mulligan, now a junior developer, saw it as a great alternative that ultimately meant he started his first full time job while most of his friends were preparing to go off to university.
“With the digital industry progressing at the current rate, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay on top of it all,” he says. “We’re always learning new things and experimenting with new technology. For me, an apprenticeship was the only way to enter the industry with valuable, up-to-date knowledge.”
For the first three months of a placement, apprentices move around various departments in the business, gaining an in-depth understanding of how Bray Leino works across a number of different disciplines.
Jack Ewing entered the scheme in 2013. He was in his last year at college when he decided to apply: “The cliché of ‘earn while you learn’ really is applicable here and there is no disputing how much of a brilliant opportunity an apprenticeship is,” he says. “The chance to experience the world of work, whilst also learning what it means to be a valuable part of an organisation, really cannot be overlooked.”
There are four opportunities to secure an apprenticeship at Bray Leino this year:
Apprentice Junior Developer – Filleigh, Devon
Apprentice Junior Developer – Bristol
Apprentice Account Executive – Filleigh, Devon
Apprentice Account Executive – Bristol
Visit the Creative Pioneers page to apply.
Alan Mead, our Head of Early Career and Skills Development, believes apprenticeships that lead to full time employment are highly effective, both for the apprentices, and for our business.
“We’re looking for bright young people that have a passion for getting stuck in and the confidence and enthusiasm to learn on-the-job,” he says. “As a route into our industry this scheme has so far proved very successful for our latest new recruits, so I’d encourage anyone who’s interested in a career in the advertising industry to find out more at the Creative Pioneers website before this year’s window for applications closes on 31 March.”
To find out more about the Creative Pioneers Challenge, visit: www.creativepioneers.co.uk