Eight new apprentices are joining McCann Manchester this week to begin the company’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme, which is now in its seventh year and has expanded its scope for the first time.

In previous years apprentices have undertaken the Digital Marketer Level 3 apprenticeship. This year five apprentices will be taking that qualification, delivered via Arch Apprentices. In addition two apprentices will be undertaking the Junior Content Producer Level 3 apprenticeship, again delivered via Arch Apprentices, while one apprentice will be undertaking an 18-month Software Developer Level 4 apprenticeship, delivered by Manchester Digital.

All apprentices will spend time in key departments at the agency’s three locations; Bonis Hall, Manchester City Centre and Pyx Studios in Poynton, learning how each team works and participating in live projects. 

Since its inception in 2011, 33 apprentices have successfully completed the scheme, 27 were made offers of permanent employment and 23 of those are still working at the agency.

Sue Little, Chief Executive at McCann Manchester, said: “McCann Manchester is already home to some of the North West’s brightest creative talent, and our commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent is well known.

“We’ve created one of the most successful apprenticeship schemes in the industry which has shown time and again that we can identify, develop and retain the very brightest and most ambitious young talent. We are rightly and justifiably proud of the retention statistics we’ve achieved with our programme.

“There are so many opportunities for young people within this industry, and that’s the reason we have extended the scope of our programme. We’re excited for the apprentices to get to grips with all this industry has to offer, and are proud to once again be a champion of apprenticeships.”