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Competition aims to boost students’ employability

April 15, 2014 |

Student marketers will have a unique opportunity to boost their employability this summer, as part of a competition being run by a leading exhibition stand designer and manufacturer.

Nimlok is offering a month-long summer internship* as part of the prize in its OutSTANDing! student of the year competition.

The competition, which was launched last month, offers one lucky student the chance to spend three weeks working in the company’s marketing department at its Wellingborough headquarters, finding out for themselves what it takes to create a successful marketing campaign. In addition to this client-side experience, the winning student will spend a week working with Nimlok’s sister creative agency, Creative Bridge, at its Lutterworth offices.

The winner will also attend Marketing Week Live in London at the end of June with a team from both companies, and be given a cash prize of L300 to help with the next stage of their training.

Samantha Thomsett, head of marketing at Nimlok, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this unique opportunity to one talented student, giving them the chance to join the team at Nimlok and Creative Bridge to learn first-hand the work that goes into creating a successful exhibiting campaign.

“We are sure it will prove vital experience for the lucky winner that will look great on their CV and help them into the world of work. ”

The OutSTANDing! student of the year competition is open to all UK marketing students in higher education aged 18 and over. Entrants are asked to devise an event related marketing campaign according to one of three given briefs.

Samantha Thomsett added: “At Nimlok we work with marketers working for the UK’s leading brands to help them have a successful show, maximise their exhibiting objectives and demonstrate ROI. As student marketers are the next generation, and hopefully potential future customers, it’s important for us to get them thinking about exhibitions and showcasing to the best marketing students the attraction and diversity the sector offers. Even though we live in a digital world, we want them to understand the importance of exhibiting and face to face marketing, and how digital marketing is complementary to that process. ”

We look to nurture young talent so we it’ll be interesting to see how the students tackle the marketing mix and their creativity in face-to-face marketing. ”

Last year, Nimlok launched a similar search to find the design student of the future. The winner, Loughborough University student Jagrut Mistry, won L250 and a work experience placement at the company.

Wellingborough-based Nimlok, which employs 100 staff, has a strong track record of nurturing young talent by offering apprenticeships and work experience placements, and by supporting staff to undertake additional qualifications.

The full competition brief and entry details can be found here

The deadline for entries is 31st May 2014, and the winner will be announced in mid-June.

*Please note that the internship prize is an unpaid position, but expenses will be provided within reason.

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