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Digital Marketing Apprentice

On Fri, 24 April, 2015 - 10:38
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Do you have an inquisitive mind, always seeking to find solutions to problems and trying out the latest ideas?  Do you thrive in finding ways to help people communicate their message with different audiences, across multiple channels and in multiple languages?

About Virya Group

We are an innovative, forward-thinking Right Livelihood technology business which specialises in Open Source technologies.  We work with local businesses and international organisations, and we’re good at what we do.  We’re based in Ipswich, near to several thriving sanghas.

We’re currently recruiting this year’s apprentice intake, which includes a Digital Marketing Apprentice who will work alongside our SEO & Marketing Lead on a range of projects, from SEO and Pay Per Click advertising through to developing and implementing strategic marketing plans.

About you

We’re looking for people who have an interest in digital marketing and who have started out with learning some basic techniques - perhaps you’ve run some AdWords campaigns or created some marketing campaigns on social media, maybe you’ve been involved with digital media through your school or college - but fundamentally you absolutely must have a thirst for keeping up with the latest digital media developments and a strong ‘can do’ attitude, taking the initiative to explore what’s out there in the land of marketing.

What we do

We mostly provide full-service marketing, which means you’ll need to be confident communicating with a wide range of people, from web developers to sales teams, copywriters and graphic designers to project managers and clients themselves.  We don’t expect you to know every acronym going or be fully clued-up on the latest web development trends, but we do expect you to show some initiative if you don’t know something, and be willing to learn from those around you.  We also expect you to be willing to share your knowledge with the rest of the team, helping everybody grow together.

The apprenticeship

We have developed an apprenticeship training scheme over the past few years, so you’ll be put through your paces in a wide range of areas, starting off with the basic fundamentals of marketing principles and then spreading your wings into some more fun stuff (not that the basics aren’t fun, but there’s even more fun to come!).  Everybody likes fun stuff, right!  

You will undertake a period of training prior to commencing your apprenticeship which will give you a basic introduction into many of the areas of work you will be experiencing, and an opportunity to meet other apprentices who are following the same programme - this will be based in London.

Other opportunities

Part of the way we offer dana is to volunteer our time and knowledge to help Open Source projects thrive - we’ll be involving you in the marketing working group of one of the largest open source projects on the planet which is a great opportunity to work with incredibly talented marketers from all over the world on a project which directly touches the lives of millions of people.  We also encourage our apprentices to get involved in local groups which support digital marketers which helps widen your knowledge and form important contacts within the industry.

As part of your personal development plan, you’ll be expected to regularly set yourself achievable goals and demonstrate how you’re meeting them, and as your training progresses we’ll be setting you some real-world goals in some of the projects we are working on.

If you show us that you have an interest, passion and drive to succeed, we will give you the opportunities to get involved in some super exciting stuff.  Like attending conferences around the world, presenting the results of your work to company directors of our international clients, and leading your own projects.  You won’t be bored, that’s for sure!

Your responsibilities

Your key responsibilities during your apprenticeship will be to learn, but we will not be spoon feeding you all the way.  We expect you to listen, ask questions, try things out, and let your imagination take you wherever you might want to go.  Whether it means coming up with creative ideas for how to communicate a customer’s message or researching an industry to find how best to target a particular campaign, we thrive on innovation and we will support you in whatever you find interesting.

Toward the end of your apprenticeship we’ll let you manage a project yourself right from the first sales meeting, which will be a challenge.  You’ll be dealing with scoping the project, designing the work plan, identifying what expertise is needed to deliver the project, drawing up timelines and budgets, liaising with the customer, building a team to work on the project, organising regular meetings and preparing reports, managing change requests, and then finally launching the project.  Sounds scary?  We’ll support you all the way with training both in-house and externally to be the best at what you do.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email ruth.cheesley [at] or call 01473 852134.  To apply for this apprenticeship, please click here

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