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Engine MHP launches first ever Visual Communication Graduate Scheme

MHP has partnered with Ravensbourne University in London to develop the graduate programme, which will see two students joining the team for eight-week placements.

Engine MHP has created the first ever visual communication graduate scheme to boost its award-winning design team and widen its pool of talent.

MHP has partnered with Ravensbourne University in London to develop the graduate programme, which will see two students joining the team for eight-week placements.

The students will be fully involved in the design process, working on ‘live’ briefs as well as day-to-day account work. They will also be provided with a structured timetable where they learn about the other practices within the 160-strong agency. They will also receive CV and interview training and receive training from the design team to develop their all-round skills.

The first graduate to join the scheme was Muhammed Ibrahim, who started this month. Emre Karakus will follow in November.

The scheme was the brainchild of Gary Neale, Head of Design, who leads a team of specialists with decades of experience working for some of the world’s biggest organisations. They were responsible for producing NATO’s first ever external facing campaign called We Are NATO, as well as creating the brand identify for the MadeAtUni campaign for Universities UK.

The team’s skills span the full spectrum of design disciplines from branding to corporate literature to website design and video content production. The practice is part of MHP’s central creative hub headed by Gemma Irvine, the head of creative services, who also oversees planning, creative and digital.

Gary Neale, MHP’s Head of Design, said: “We had been looking at how we can bring in different creative minds into the design team for a while and Ravensbourne provided us with a perfect platform. Too much design these days appears to be superficial and visual for visual’s sake. Students leaving college are well placed to produce rigorous, conceptual thinking that is not only creative but challenges and answers the brief.”

Maaike van Neck, Course Leader, Graphic Design, at Ravensbourne University, said: “We’re very grateful to MHP for this fantastic partnership. Well structured, paid Internships and placements are a hugely valuable experience for our graphic design students. They provide an opportunity for them to develop an understanding of their design practice and aspirations in a professional context, as well as give them insights into various working environments, team structures and workflows that exist in the creative industry.”

MHP has an established graduate and intern programme for students wanting to pursue a career in communications. Graduates and interns are an integral part of the team, giving support to MHP’s roster of clients and gaining valuable experience themselves.