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Students win 29 work placements as part of the B-Hive competition

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

March 23, 2012 | 2 min read

Students from the five Birmingham Universities, as well as Wolverhampton, Warwick and Staffordshire University, have competed in the 2012 B-Hive competition, with 29 placements at creative agencies such as One Black Bear, Freestyle and Deloitte being won.

The Midlands competition, created by Pitch Consultants, took place over three days, with the top entrants in the areas of marketing, PR, advertising, graphic design and digital design winning the placements.

Rob Markwell, director of Pitch Consultants, said: “It is incredibly difficult for students to get their first break in the creative industries, regardless of the economic climate, however, it has become more evident that those wishing to pursue a career in marketing, design or PR need to realise that their academic achievements will not be enough to secure a job straight after university.

B-Hive provides bright and determined students with the opportunity to prove themselves to panel of leading employers and thus fast track their way into the industry. At Pitch we are committed to working with the universities to reinforce this message and encourage more students to take part in schemes such as B-Hive.”

The overall winner of the marketing category was Deva Shinh, who has won four week placements at National Express and Marketing Birmingham.

Amelia Walker won in the PR category and will go on to complete work experience at Leader, McCann, Seal, Willoughby, Rewired & Grayling.

Joseph Heeley was the winner of the graphic design category winning placements at Holman Group, Cognition, Orb & Vital.

The overall winner of the web design category was Daniel Cooper who will spend two weeks at Cogent, LHM Media, 383 Project, Made Media, Freestyle and One Black Bear.

Ross Stinton and creative team Chris Meaton & Guillaume Cocken were joint overall winners in the advertising category.

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