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Higher Apprenticeship: Design and Digital Communications - Open to University of Worcester graduates only

You will work as an Apprentice in Design and Digital Communications within the University’s Communications & Participation department.

This apprenticeship will take your existing design skills and experience and supplement them with the professional and project management skills required to work in the creative industries.

Detailed responsibilities are included below in the Main Duties section below.

Training and Qualification:

This position is for a High Level Apprentice (Level 6/7), therefore a degree in Graphic Design or Digital Media is a requirement for the role. As part of the Apprenticeship Scheme, the successful candidate is required to spend at least 20% of their time on ‘off-the-job training’. To complete the Level 6/7 Apprenticeship, the successful candidate will be required to register and complete a relevant training course. The University of Worcester will assist in finding a suitable programme.

After the Apprenticeship:

Although there is no guarantee, there is a possibility of future employment with the University of Worcester at the end of the apprenticeship if a vacancy exists.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken. 

Closing date: Monday 11 Dec 2017

Reference number: CAD1707 - 3476

Job details

Job details

Salary
Band 3 - £16,654 - £18,263
Hours
37 hours
Start
As soon as possible
Duration
Temporary for 12 months
Responsible to
To be confirmed
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
To be confirmed

Communications & Participation

For more information about the department visit the Communications & Participation website.

Background

Background

Becoming an Apprentice at the University of Worcester is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and training. You will work alongside experienced colleagues, whilst learning on the job and appropriate objectives will be set during the course of the Apprenticeship. At the same time, you will study for formal qualifications in your field.
More information on Apprenticeships at the University of Worcester and testimonials from current and past Apprentices can be found at http://www.worc.ac.uk/personnel/844.htm
Also visit Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub at http://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/
The Communications and Participation Department is responsible for external and internal communication at the University of Worcester with the aim of driving applications and building the reputation of the Institution amongst a variety of stakeholders.

The work of the Department brings it into close contact with staff across all levels; both within the organisation and outside.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

 

Main duties

Main duties

1. To create new artwork and producing marketing materials following the submission of a brief using industry-standard software, including the Adobe Creative Suite. This will include the creation of HTML emails, creating animated graphics for social media posts, creating content for digital plasma screens, producing digital advertisements for regional and national campaigns, and producing hard-copy publications.

2. To undertake amendments to literature and design (both print and digital).

3. To manage projects throughout the complete process from agreement on budget and timeline to liaison with external agencies where necessary, and securing sign-off for print.

4. To co-ordinate the implementation and general usage of the corporate identity, maintaining standards and providing appropriate advice to all departments, including advising colleagues in other departments how to apply the University of Worcester branding to their communications materials.

5. To assist with photo shoots and taking photographs on behalf of the University, as well as maintaining the department’s photo library.

6. To be able to manipulate images and edit films post-production in relevant software.

7. To assist with amendments to the University website using a content management system.

8. To liaise with external print companies, design agencies and advertising agencies.

9. To assist with University Open Days and other corporate events, sometimes out of regular office hours.

10. To undertake general office administration work.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

 

 

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

 
Essential Criteria

1. A 2:1 (or above) degree in Graphic Design, Digital Media or similar, from the University of Worcester

2. Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite with expert skills using InDesign

3. Strong working knowledge of creating digital assets for print and online, including social media

4. Ability to create fresh, compelling design for a range of audiences, including potential students

5. Understanding of brand guidelines and the ability to represent an organisation professionally

6. Ability to follow a brief and deliver projects to agreed timelines

7. Proven ability to work as part of a team

8. Ability to prioritise workload and manage conflicting priorities

9. Self-motivated and able to use own initiative

Desirable Criteria

1. Knowledge of coding in HTML, App development and designing digital display ads

2. Experience using a content management system


Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration .

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

 

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