When Heather McGregor came up to Yorkshire to speak at the northern CIPR conference recently, she mentioned an inspirational internship programme that her business is running.
Taylor Bennett is a headhunter for the communications industry. Increasingly they are asked to find more diverse shortlists of candidates for top communications jobs. But this is not a career that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) traditionally go into.
As a long term investment to fill this gap, Taylor Bennett has set up an internship programme in London with the University of East London and Brunswick PR. I have said I would like to bring this to Yorkshire next year as part of Northern Lights’ 20th anniversary activities.
I went down to London two weeks ago to meet this year’s interns and critique their presentations, given at the FT.
I was so inspired by their commitment, professionalism and potential that I’ve also arranged to bring the interns up to our region. I remember how ‘London’ I was before I moved up here – and I want these young people to be inspired and understand just how important the rest of the country is to the economy.
We’ve put together a really cracking two day schedule for 30 Nov and 1 Dec and I’m so grateful to leaders in this region who have enthusiastically offered support.
- Yorkshire Forward
- Welcome to Yorkshire
- Bradford University School of Management
- Bradford City Council
- Northern Ballet Theatre
Hopefully these interns will be ambassadors for our region as they start their careers in the south.
Victoria TomlinsonChief executive, Northern Lights PR
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Ben PindarCommunications director, Northern Lights PR
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Helen RobinsonAssociate, Northern Lights PR
Jonny RossAssociate, Northern Lights PR