Advertising and media industry in youth opportunities push

By Daniel Farey-Jones, campaignlive.co.uk, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:01AM

Mother, Facebook and PHD are among a hundred companies from a range of creative sectors that have signed up to an IPA-led initiative to help get 300 young people into employment.

IPA president Nicola Mendelsohn:

IPA president Nicola Mendelsohn: "we want young people from any background to enter"

The companies are offering apprenticeships and paid internships from September, as well as support for budding entrepreneurs to get their business ideas off the ground.

The initiative, called the Creative Pioneers Challenge, was launched by IPA president Nicola Mendelsohn and the minister for culture, communications and creative industries Ed Vaizey at the IPA President’s New Year reception in January.

Today the IPA has revealed the 100 businesses supporting the initiative at the same time as opening the application process with a blaze of publicity from media partner Metro.

The list includes creative agencies such as AMV BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi and media agenies such as UM and MediaCom.

Digital specialists are represented with LBi and Albion while social media giants Facebook and Twitter are also participating.

Other businesses include ITV and Metro; production companies such as RSA Films and Aardman Animations, gaming company Activision and special effects company Double Negative.

Anyone aged 16 or over can enter the challenge by answering three questions and uploading a 60-second video of themselves explaining why they believe they are a creative pioneer at www.creativepioneers.co.uk.

The deadline for entry is noon on Friday 27 April.

Mendelsohn said: "We want young people from any background to enter; it’s not just about qualifications, it’s about having the right mindset and attitude; it’s about seeing yourself as part of the next generation of creative pioneers."

Vaizey said: "The IPA and the companies involved in this challenge are to be commended for nuturing and developing the next generation of film directors, web and video games designers, advertising chief and marketing experts."

The initiative is also supported by creative sector skills council Skillset.

100 companies backing the IPA initiative
Company name:
23red
3Sixty
7digital
AAR Group
Aardman Animation
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
Accuen
Activision Blizzard
Addiction
Albion
April-Six
ATP TV
Bang TV
Beattie McGuinness Bungay
Big Communications
BJL Group
Bray Leino
Channelflip
CMW
Code Worldwide
Crayon
Creative Marketing Services
Cuckoo Design
DataScience
Di5
Different
Digger
DLKW Lowe
Double Negative
DRG
Envy Post
Euro RSCG London
Facebook
Fallon
Fold7
Gibe Digital
GSB Associates
Here&Now365
Hunterlodge
Imagination
Initiative
IPA
ITV
Karmarama
Kindred
Kitcatt Nohr Digitas
KMP
Kream
LBi
Leo Burnett
LIDA
MediaCom
M&C Saatchi
M2M
Made.com
magneticNorth
Manning Gottlieb OMD
Matmi
MBA
MC2
Media Reach
Metro
Mother
MPC
OMD UK
OMG
PHD Media
Profero
Publicis
Pulse Films
Ragdoll Research & Planning
Rocket
RSA Films
Rushes
Saatchi & Saatchi
SapientNitro
Spotify
Square Enix Europe
Starcom MediaVest Group
Tangerine PR
Tayburn
TBWA\Manchester
Teamspirit
The Brooklyn Brothers
The Gate Films
The Minimart
The Red Brick Road
the7stars
Thirty Three
The Union
Twitter
UM
VCCP
WCRS
Weapon7
Wunderman
Yelp
Yucca Media
ZenithOptimedia UK
Zynga

This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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