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MP champions hunt for future design talent

January 9, 2013 |

A Northamptonshire MP is championing calls for more work experience for young people as he backs a UK-wide search for a talented student designer.

Peter Bone MP for Wellingborough is supporting global exhibition and events company Nimlok in its drive to nurture ‘Talent of the Future’ through a competition for students to win L250 and three months of work experience.

Also backing the competition is one of the UK’s leading creative and marketing brains Olivier Vallee, vice president commercial director of leading event and experience marketing agency George P Johnson, who is on the judging panel.

The competition launch follows news that some 11.6 per cent of graduate leavers in 2011 who studied art and design are still looking for work.

Peter Bone MP, who has questioned the government on how it promotes work experience opportunities for young people, said: “It is vital that businesses like Nimlok provide opportunities for young people to gain experience and hopefully a foot on to the employment ladder. The dip in the employment market makes it particularly hard for graduates and young people to secure a job.

“I hope that the Talent of the Future competition will unearth some fantastic young talented designers, and in turn help one into their future career.”

Nimlok, based in Wellingborough, is offering the prize as part of its ‘Talent of the Future’ competition, which seeks to find a winning exhibition stand design. To enter, students can choose one or more of three design briefs based on a number of exhibition and display scenarios.

The Talent of the Future winner will get to work on a wide number of projects with leading brands, such as Virgin, TomTom and Prudential, and develop a number of products including interactive displays, digital games and exhibition stands.

Lewis Field, head designer at Nimlok, said: “The aim of our competition is to hunt out creative thinkers who can bring a fresh approach to our work, and that of our clients. As an industry leader we always look to embrace new creative talent that can combine outstanding eye-catching ideas with an understanding of a client’s objectives and budget.

“In an age of austerity, a solid work experience placement and a portfolio of ‘real’ projects can make all the difference. We expect that winning this competition will give a student a real boost to their employment prospects by having this accolade on their CV.”

The inaugural competition is open to all UK design students in Higher Education who are aged 18 plus (five years maximum post-graduation). A judging panel of industry and creative experts will create a shortlist of entries, with the public deciding the winner via an online vote.

Students interested in entering should visit for more information and full terms and conditions. The deadline for entries is February 28, 2013.