We are proud to have received the Business Engagement with the Community award at the 2016 Dorset Business Awards, recognising our work within the community to educate the next generation on digital careers.
Sponsored by J.P. Morgan, this prestigious award was granted to us for our conference Digital Wave, our work with Digital Day, and our apprenticeship scheme. Digital Wave is a free one-day conference for 14-19 year olds, featuring guest speakers and exhibitors from a wide variety of digital backgrounds who aim to inspire students to pursue a career in digital. The second annual Digital Wave conference was held this year at the Bournemouth International Centre, playing host to around 1000 students from 25 schools and colleges in Dorset.
We also aim to inspire students through our involvement with Digital Day, an initiative set up by BIMA, of which our CEO Andrew Henning is head of the education committee. He is a driving force behind our passion for engaging the younger community in digital. Most recently we have partnered with Bournemouth School for Girls, offering them our expertise to help them complete challenges set by BIMA. Last year they were one of the winning teams, receiving prizes that included a tour of the Channel 4 News studio.
Judges also praised our partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College to offer an apprenticeship scheme. We welcomed the class of 2016/17 in September, the third group of apprentices we have seen come through our doors. Over the past three years we have seen new employees join us from every group in a number of disciplines within the company including marketing, search and performance, QA, and content. They have been tenacious individuals who are hungry for an opportunity to work in the industry and we are equally as passionate about helping them to reach their potential.
Our Marketing Assistant Danielle Dwyer and Marketing Manager Michaela Dudfield were welcomed on stage to accept the award. After the ceremony, Michaela said of the win, “We are so honoured to have been awarded the Business Engagement with the Community award. It’s something that the entire agency can be proud of, and something that each and every one of us is involved with in some way; whether that is helping out at Digital Wave or nurturing the new apprentices each year. As a team, getting involved in the community and giving students opportunities is something we are really passionate about, so for it to be recognised is such a big achievement.”
Other competitors in the category were Rachel Scott Singing Lessons and Recording Studio in Weymouth and The Short and Sweet Company in Wimborne. Congratulations to both finalists for their involvement in the community.