PR agency launches graduate academy scheme
Staffordshire-based technical PR agency, Stone Junction, is launching the Stone Junction Academy, to add a new layer of training to graduates as it grows its team. The Stone Junction Academy programme is currently looking to recruit recent graduates with backgrounds in science, engineering or languages to join its inaugural year.
Successful applicants will benefit from weekly training sessions, an attractive starting salary and the opportunity to hone their PR skills by working across the scope of the entire business. In addition, the role is a permanent position, not a limited internship, which comes with a host of flexible benefits.
“The great thing about working at Stone Junction is that instead of pursuing a career in one discipline, you get the opportunity to use your degree specialism across an industry that is constantly developing,” explained Jennifer Barnes, an account executive at Stone Junction who joined the company in 2016 with a degree in modern languages.
“Alongside our normal tasks, our multi-lingual specialists get to speak to clients and journalists all around the world. Members of the team with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subjects are able to use their expertise to educate the rest of the organisation in innovations across the industry. The in-house training programme is excellent, and it makes sure we have the skills we need to achieve our clients’ goals. The Academy is just taking this to the next level to support the next wave of graduate hires.”
Stone Junction Academy recruits will work across the full range of Stone Junction’s engineering and technology customers to build relationships between clients and the media. Candidates will research, write and distribute a range of articles, monitor the media for opportunities as well as assist with the promotion of Stone Junction as a whole.
“The idea of the Stone Junction Academy is to bring in new members of the team that can gain valuable experience across our client portfolio before they are assigned to a dedicated group of clients,” explained Richard Stone, managing director of Stone Junction. “Candidates will also work through our 26 internal training modules, meaning academy executives will graduate onto a dedicated team with all the tools and skills they need to service our clients to the highest of standards.”
The starting salary for Stone Junction Academy recruits is £17,000 per year, rising to £22,000 after the completion of individual objectives. There is also an annual bonus, based on individual and company performance, equivalent to an extra month’s salary.
Graduates interested in applying for a position in the Stone Junction Academy can find out more about the roles offer here and should send their CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, marking their application with ‘Stone Junction academy executive 2017’.
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Meet the team
Stone Junction is managed by Richard Stone, whose previous experience includes PR campaigns for Arup, AIT Plc, CIENA, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SIG, SKF, Roche and WorldCom. Well over a decade in technical and technology PR has taught him that he is only just starting out. He is a very slightly geeky father of two who lives in Stafford with his long suffering wife, aforementioned children, dog and cat.
Junction has been going from strength to strength, building up its
client base and championing the achievements of technical and
engineering firms, some of which are in Staffordshire."
Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council