mSix&Partners scheme targets young diverse talent

ethnicitymSix&Partners – the agency network which is a joint venture between The&Partnership and GroupM – is launching a new apprenticeship scheme for the advertising industry to provide full-time training and work experience to the next generation of diverse talent.

Based at a new Birmingham campus, The&Academy will offer opportunities to people who might otherwise not have thought about or had the chance to get involved in the creative industries.

It will be delivered by Multiverse, providers of apprenticeship programmes for diverse future leaders, to establish the first-ever centre of excellence for both media and creative specialists in Birmingham.

It is claimed that by partnering with Meta, Google and TikTok apprentices will learn from and work alongside the best media, digital, and creative specialists around.

From day one, apprentices will learn and apply essential skills for the future in digital, tech and data. In its first year, the focus is on attracting up to 25 apprentices from Birmingham and the surrounding areas. In future years, The&Academy will expand to North America and Europe.

The&Partnership chairman and CEO Johnny Hornby said: “Great brands are built by bringing together diverse creators and I’m proud that The&Partnership and mSix&Partners will be part of shaping the next generation of digital and creative talent. And of course digital, tech and data are essential skills for the future, not just in advertising but across the economy.”

mSix&Partners executive chair Jess Burley said: “The&Academy provides new opportunities for young people from different and diverse backgrounds to access the digital and creative industries in a way that might not have been open to them previously.

“Our goal is to support them to learn, progress and become the future stars of advertising. We’re excited to be working with amazing partners in Google, Meta and TikTok and Birmingham is the perfect place to start.”

The&Academy aims to solve some of the pressing issues currently facing the advertising industry, as well as the creative industries generally. Over half of global chief marketing officers think a skills shortage is holding the industry back.

During the year-long course, the curriculum will cover the key principles of the media and creative disciplines and incorporate partnerships with some of the biggest names in media and technology.

Recruitment is currently underway with applications open to 18- to 24-year-olds in Birmingham and the surrounding area.

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