Advertising agency to Asda and Greggs, Gratterpalm, recruits new interns

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G Academy (l-r):  Ben Jobson, Victoria Cawkwell, Lauren Hume and Sean Featonby

G Academy (l-r): Ben Jobson, Victoria Cawkwell, Lauren Hume and Sean Featonby

Interns (l-r): Abigail Saleem, Alice Frazer and Natasha Chopra

Interns (l-r): Abigail Saleem, Alice Frazer and Natasha Chopra

Students and recent graduates have been given the opportunity to kick start their career at one of the UK’s leading advertising agencies, Gratterpalm.

The Leeds-based company has enrolled four recruits onto its G Academy programme, a four-week internship which runs bi-annually and gives graduates the opportunity to work on advertising, marketing and digital campaigns for some of the UK’s biggest names in retail, including Asda, Viking and Greggs.

Chosen from 65 applicants, the successful candidates who will work as trainee account handlers are: Victoria Cawkwell, a recent graduate from Leeds Metropolitan; Sean Featonby, an advertising and media graduate from Northumbria University; Lauren Hume, who previously worked for Jet2Holidays; and Ben Jobson, who has come from the publisher Sensis in Australia.

Gratterpalm has also taken on three placement students – Abigail Saleem, who is studying marketing and advertising management at Leeds Metropolitan University; Alice Frazer, a marketing, advertising and communications student at the University of Gloucestershire; and Natasha Chopra, who is studying retail marketing management at Leeds Metropolitan University. The three interns will work as placement account executives for a year, which will go towards their degree.

Anna Brown, HR manager at Gratterpalm, said: “Our new intake of G Academy candidates and interns have already impressed us with their enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism. We all know how tough the job market is for young people at the moment, but our latest recruits prove that many are not using this as an excuse to simply sit around and do nothing. Their passion and commitment is commendable, and they are already wowing us with their great ideas and ability. It’s vital businesses create opportunities like this for young people to give them the step up they need to springboard their career. As a company, we also benefit from the fresh creativity that they bring into the business.”

To meet Gratterpalm’s latest interns and G Academy students, visit: www.youtube.com/GratterpalmGAcademy.