Leeds University Union has signed a deal with Jaywing-owned digital business Epiphany to create a graduate recruitment programme designed to give students hands-on experience of running their own not for profit digital marketing business.
Each year, two Leeds graduates will have the the opportunity to create, shape and run the “micro-agency” which will initially provide digital marketing services across the union’s activities, projects and events.
Graduates will draw on support from undergraduates to deliver the work, with the expectation that services will be offered across the city, as the agency develops.
Epiphany managing director Tom Salmon said: “Leeds has some of the best digital talent and strategists in the country and if we are going to take our industry to the next level, we need to bring new thinking and fresh ideas in to the sector. We hope that this partnership – the first of its kind – will provide an opportunity for graduates from a range of disciplines to forge a career in digital marketing
“We think like the mathematicians, marketers, designers and coders that we are; we want accountants, geographers and biologists to bring a new way of looking at what we do and challenging the status quo. If we get this right, it will be good for our business and good for the Union but great for Leeds and our industry.”
The graduates will be supported by a board of trustees drawn from the two organisations. Epiphany will provide digital marketing training and Leeds University Union will provide mentoring and training in core business disciplines including human resources, finance and governance.
The scheme launches in September.
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