Mar­ket­ing ap­pren­tice­ships up for grabs at a top agency

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

YOUNG peo­ple hop­ing to kick-start a ca­reer in mar­ket­ing can ap­ply to be an ap­pren­tice at an ad­ver­tis­ing agency.

McCann

Manch­ester, based in Prest­bury, launched its Level 3 Ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme three years ago and is now open­ing up more place­ments for the next gen­er­a­tion of mar­ket­ing tal­ent.

Six bud­ding mar­keters with A-lev­els or equiv­a­lent will have the chance to take part in the one-year paid place­ment. This year’s in­take can com­plete a sec­ond year with the agency, achiev­ing a Level 4 Higher Ap­pren­tice­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Sue Lit­tle, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We’re look­ing to hire the next gen­er­a­tion of cre­ative mar­keters into the agency.

“The ap­pren­tice­ship scheme has been in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful so far in at­tract­ing new tal­ent – the lifeblood of our business.

“That’s why we’re ex­tend­ing it and in­vest­ing even more in our peo­ple.”

Lucy Hol­land-Jones, 21, from Mac­cles­field, was one of McCann Manch­ester’s first ap­pren­tices, and now works as a se­nior pro­duc­tion ex­ec­u­tive on the Aldi ac­count at the agency.

Lucy had just fin­ished A-lev­els at Fal­li­b­roome Academy when she started to look into be­com­ing an ap­pren­tice.

She said: “Learn­ing on the job seemed a lot more pro­duc­tive – you un­der­stand how the in­dus­try works and are deal­ing with clients and work­ing on live projects on a daily ba­sis.”

Max Gor­don, 20, from Mac­cles­field, who joined McCann Manch­ester’s Ap­pren­tice Scheme in Septem­ber 2012, said: “My job can vary from be­ing out of the of­fice car­ry­ing out field­work to writ­ing up re­ports and analysing mar­kets.

“Most of my time is spent on the Aldi ac­count where I work closely with ac­count man­age­ment co­or­di­nat­ing prod­uct test­ing and TV test­ing.”

Mac­cles­field Col­lege will con­tinue to be the train­ing provider for the scheme. Tracy Thomp­son, lec­turer and as­ses­sor, said: “This ap­pren­tice­ship of­fers a fan­tas­tic first step into a com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try.”

The course starts in Jan­uary 2015 and the clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31. For in­for­ma­tion and an ap­pli­ca­tion form visit mc­can­n­manch­ester.com or face­book.com/ WorkingatMcCann.

●● Lucy Hol­land-Jones

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