London, 10th August 2023 – Omnicom Media Group (OMG) UK is celebrating its 100th successful placement in its programme promoting accessibility in digital careers, run in collaboration with WYK Digital, a non-profit social enterprise in partnership with The Prince's Trust. The announcement marks a significant milestone for OMG UK and WYK Digital, highlighting their dedication to supporting under-served and under-represented young people, with over 80% of OMG’s programme trainees hailing from minority backgrounds.
Manchester-born Hatim Ahmed secured the role of Display Assistant at MG OMD, becoming their 100th successful placement. A three-month course commissioned by the Prince’s Trust helped Ahmed realise his true calling to work in digital marketing, and with the help of WYK, he secured his placement at MG OMD. The landmark 100th signing symbolises WYK Digital’s enduring commitment and its meaningful collaboration with OMG UK, which has been a devoted supporter of the programme and played a crucial role in the programme’s success for the last three and a half years.
Through 11-week, full-time digital marketing training accelerators, young individuals from diverse backgrounds are empowered to excel in the digital marketing industry. By providing free training and hands-on experience through live digital marketing campaigns with real businesses, it equips the trainees with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in the field.
Of OMG UK’s successful placements so far, 80% are from minority backgrounds, 44% don’t have a degree, 69% are female, and 18% have further support needs.
After completing the training programme, WYK Digital actively assists its trainees in securing employment opportunities.
Cecilia Barbin secured the role of Biddable Executive at MG OMD, part of OMG UK, after participating in WYK Digital’s first cohort in 2021. Commenting on her journey, she said: “I've been with MG OMD for nearly two years now, and I've enjoyed working here so much. I got into WYK by chance, and it's been the best thing for me as it led me to work here.”
By providing opportunities and mentoring to WYK Digital's candidates, OMG UK has demonstrated its dedication to nurturing talent and promoting inclusivity within the digital marketing field.
Carrie-Anne Woodard, Early Talent Manager at OMG UK, said: "We are proud to have developed such a strong relationship with WYK Digital, supporting them in their mission to provide under-served communities with access to digital marketing training. The partnership has proven to be a powerful force in enabling young talent to thrive and flourish at OMG. We are committed to continuing our support and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to succeed in the digital marketing industry."
Through strategic partnerships with organisations like OMG UK, WYK Digital strives to bridge the gap and foster diversity within the digital marketing landscape.
Rob Jackson, Founder and Director at WYK Digital, said: "At WYK Digital, we firmly believe in the power of digital marketing as a vehicle for social change. By specifically focusing on under-served and under-represented communities, we are creating opportunities and fostering diversity within the industry. This milestone with OMG exemplifies the incredible impact that can be achieved through collaboration and dedication."
For more information about WYK Digital and its programmes, please visit www.wykdigital.com.