PR Communications Apprentice

Posted 8 days ago Apply by 30 June 2019

Job Description

Salary: £20,000
Level: Higher Apprenticeship
Expected duration: 18 months

Weber Shandwick are now looking for applicants to our 2019 Early Careers Programme, an 18-month long programme of structured on and off the job training that will see you work on impactful campaigns for local and global brands across a range of sectors.

Are you looking to work in the world of communications? Interested in a career in client management, social analytics, media strategy, conceptual creative, design & art direction or video production & editing? The opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading brands or institution? Yes, Yes and Yes? Well come start your career in London with the world’s most award-winning communications agency (#ShowingOff).

We’re looking for talented communicators to join our content, integrated media, client experience and insights teams – so whether you’re into graphic design, video production, social media, copywriting, strategy or analytics, client management there’s an opportunity for you.

What will you be doing?

  • Participate in client meetings and presentations (as needed)
  • Manage client supplies, publications and resource materials
  • Writing a range of materials, including press releases, meeting notes, research write-ups, profiles, pitch letters
  • Building and maintaining relationships with people in other departments, such as design, finance, and IT and working effectively with them to ensure account teams are obtaining the information and support they need
  • Contribute to creative brainstorms for clients
  • Build an understanding of and relationships with the key publications, journalists, sites and influencers for your clients
  • Liaising with suppliers (e.g. designers, printers, etc.) often under tight timelines

Below is a task for ALL applicants who would like to be considered. Please send your responses to Hannah.Dawe@prca.org.uk within two days of submitting your application form.

The Challenge (one to be chosen from the list below):

Working in communications is a challenging and stimulating career but often requires creativity and outside-the-box thinking. With that in mind we have decided to theme this year’s challenge around the idea of ‘selling the unsellable’, a tough task even with an unlimited budget. Don’t worry, you probably won’t be asked to do anything quite as outlandish in your work at Weber Shandwick but we’d love to see how you would go about.

  • Selling Inverness as a host city of the Olympics
  • Rebranding Blackpool as the new Ibiza

How you can do it:

We know that everyone has different strengths so we want you to answer in the way that best fits your skillset. If you’re great with design then why not make a video, poster or animation? If you’re a bit of a wordsmith then show us what you’ve got in an opinion piece or a social media post. More of a digital guru? Why not talk us through how you’d run an online campaign? Don’t let us limit you though, whether it’s a launch event, a publicity stunt, an advertising campaign, or something totally different we want you to respond in the way that shows us what you can bring to the table.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Demonstrates an interest in communications/design/video/social media/analytics
  • Organised and diligent – planning, preparation and attention to detail are key in this role
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Internet browser tools (Google search, alerts, etc.)

Personal qualities

  • A phenomenal teammate– ensuring team involvement and communication at all times
  • Motivated – demonstrating energy and enthusiasm to ongoing workload and projects
  • Proactive – identifying opportunities for clients on an ongoing basis
  • Positive - contributing a positive energy to the team and prevailing optimism when working to tight deadlines and under pressure

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent is desirable
  • GCSE: 9 to 4 (formerly A* to C) in English Language or equivalent
  • GCSE: 9 to 4 (formerly A* to C) in maths or equivalent

About the employer

Moving beyond public relations, our creators, strategists and technologists craft campaigns that do more than grab attention – they demand interaction, generating long-term value for our clients around the world.

At Weber Shandwick, we see limitless opportunities to contribute to social good by leveraging what we do best: creating big ideas and daring work that helps clients raise awareness and make a positive impact on complex business and social issues. And with a global network spanning six continents, we recognise the power we ourselves possess to change the world for the better.

We believe that the more open, varied and diverse we are as an industry the better the work we can do – so, whether you’re a grad, apprentice or something in between - we are looking for smart people from all backgrounds who are restless and want to do impactful work.

Training provider

As a Public Relations & Communications Apprentice you will follow a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in PR, which is a nationally recognised qualification route.

This will involve:

  • “on the job” training,
  • visits from a Mentor to the workplace,
  • an internal Mentor to provide ongoing guidance,
  • online/in person learning 
  • creating a portfolio of evidence.

The apprentice will be working towards an end-point-assessment which will determine if he/she has the knowledge, skills, and behaviours listed in the PR & Communications Assistant Standard.

You will develop a wide understanding of Public Relations and the impact it has on businesses.

Apprenticeship standard

Public Relations Assistant

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Sector Advertising & marketing, Media, Public relations
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