Charitable academic scheme seeking new marketing apprentices

Published: 21 Sep 2011 By Simon Lewis

Merlin’s Apprentice is launched to discover the next generation of marketing legends among our unemployed youth

the marketing academyMarketing Hall of Legends (UK), in partnership with youth charity The Prince’s Trust and supported by The Chartered Institute of Marketing, launches the Merlin’s Apprentice pilot scheme to offer marketing apprenticeships to young people not currently in employment, education or training.

20th September 2011, London – Marketing Hall of Legends (UK), the non-profit organisation responsible for The Marketing Academy is proud to announce the Merlin’s Apprentice pilot scheme for 2012. Designed in partnership with The Princes Trust, Merlin’s Apprentice is a unique initiative providing fully funded 12 month Marketing Apprenticeships for disadvantaged young people aged 18 to 24 and currently not in employment, education or training (NEETs) who may normally be overlooked for such work experience.

Merlin’s Apprentices will each be placed in a host organisation in a specific role within the marketing, advertising or communications sector. The Apprenticeship will provide on-the-job learning, world class training, marketing qualifications and equip the Apprentices with the confidence and self-belief to build a successful career in marketing.

Marketing Hall of Legends is working with The Prince’s Trust for the pilot scheme to identify suitable Apprentice candidates. Paul Brown, Marketing Director of The Prince’s Trust, said: “Around one in five young people in the UK are struggling to find work. But The Prince’s Trust believes everyone has a talent – they just need the right support to realise their potential. Merlin’s Apprentice is a brilliant opportunity to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to start an exciting career in marketing.”

Each Apprentice will complete the programme with 12 months paid work experience, the introductory Certificate in Marketing provided by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a comprehensive programme of mentoring, learning and development provided by The Marketing Academy.

Rod Wilkes, Chief Executive Officer of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, fully supports the initiative, “High standards of quality and integrity are vital to the success of the marketing profession. Providing membership and access to valuable resources, along with giving the Apprentices the opportunity to earn The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Certificate in Marketing will support the integrity of the Apprenticeship and give each candidate a competitive edge in their future career.”

Sheril [square]Sherilyn Shackell, Chairman of Marketing Hall of Legends (UK) and Founder of The Marketing Academy said, “The Marketing Academy has successfully supported and developed talented marketers through the last 2 years of our Scholarship programme, but our vision is to develop marketing talent at all levels. As youth unemployment continues to rise, Merlin’s Apprentice will deliver opportunities to potential marketing talent that would otherwise be overlooked.”

Merlin’s Apprentice will launch as a ‘pilot programme’ in September 2011 with the appointment of two Apprentices who will begin their work placement in January 2012 in the London area. The programme will then be rolled out to multiple Apprentices in London (Phase 2) and nationwide (Phase 3).

If your organisation is dedicated to marketing excellence, passionate about developing young talent and committed to ‘giving something back’ and is interested in learning more about becoming involved please contact The Marketing Academy for more information or visit our website.


For more information please see

Camilla Woodhouse

Phone + 44 (0) 1635 558707

About Marketing Hall of Legends (UK) and The Marketing Academy

The Marketing Hall of Legends UK (MHoL) is the voluntary, non-profit organisation behind The Marketing Academy and Merlin’s Apprentice. It is fully committed to ensuring a pipeline of exceptional marketing talent for decades to come.

The Marketing Academy provides a unique forum for industry leaders, marketing gurus, academics, entrepreneurs and marketing practitioners to inspire, develop and coach an entire generation of future business leaders. Up to 30 free Scholarships are awarded every year to bright, naturally talented and high potential marketers who receive world class mentoring, development and coaching from the good and the great of UK businesses.  This unique part time Scholarship offers a life changing opportunity to rising stars currently working in the fields of Marketing, Advertising & Communications.

The Marketing Academy is also responsible for the Merlin Lectures, a series of free lectures given by inspirational leaders to young marketers across the UK.

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