The creative Sunderland scheme which links students with jobs - and it's a huge success
Talented Wearside students are getting an insight into the world of work thanks to a link-up with city businesses.
A gifted roster of students are enjoying valuable help at the start of their careers thanks to the Sunderland Creatives Agency.
It links them with companies which need people to work on projects.
And there is more good news as the University of Sunderland, which is behind the Creatives Agency, is a backer of this year’s new-look Sunderland Echo Business Excellence Awards.
Also on board are the North East BIC, Chilli Mangoes, Marelli, Wilf Husband, Harrison and Brown, Gentoo, Sunderland University and Sunderland College.
We thank them all for their invaluable support.
Sunderland Creatives Agency is a student-led business which was set up by the University of Sunderland in partnership with Creo Comms, which is a Sunderland-based creative communications consultancy.
The agency offers creative services to businesses across the region in everything from brand development, design and videography to social media management, public relations and podcast content.
It also gives talented students at the university a chance to get valuable, paid work experience while they provide creative services to businesses, with the confidence that the work has been checked and sometimes guided by industry professionals.
Since its launch, talented young adults have had the chance to take on some great work schemes.
MA Design student, Emily Butterfield created a series of illustrations of Miss Beats which was a mascot for the Red Sky Foundation. The Wearside charity supports lifesaving work for babies, children and adults who are born with or who develop heart conditions.
The mascot will be used across its marketing materials.
Emily said: “I would definitely recommend students to get involved with the agency. It’s a fantastic paid opportunity and allows you to experience what life after university could be like. As well as producing artwork and building my portfolio, it is also helping to boost my confidence and communication skills.”
Sergio Petrucci, founder of the Red Sky Foundation, said: “I needed some local help on a few projects and Emily has been, and is continuing to be, a great asset for our charity. The services are affordable, and the illustrations Emily delivered are fantastic.
"We will definitely be continuing to use Sunderland Creatives Agency and recommending their services to our clients.”
Students who sign up receive the opportunity to experience agency life and work from the Creo Comms offices on Foyle Street, allowing them to gain real life agency experience.
To find out more about Sunderland Creatives Agency, visit: https://sunderlandcreatives.agency/
Businesses interested in finding out more should email [email protected] or call (0191) 5623134.
Get those entries in for the awards and put your company in the running for honours before time runs out.
Judging of the awards will take place soon after the closing date for nominations and the shortlist will be announced in October.
The eventual winners will be revealed at a finals night in November.
To find out more about the awards, visit www.sunderlandbusinessawards.co.uk