The Catalyst Academy

The Catalyst Academy

Wunderman Thompson brings back and expands industry-defining recruitment programme.

Wunderman Thompson today launches the second year of their Catalyst Academy, an industry-defining programme that aims to bring together talent from diverse backgrounds to build brilliant experiences for consumers.

The future of communications is changing rapidly. For brands to succeed they need to have access to a range of experts and a diverse meeting of minds. Integrated marketing agency Wunderman Thompson offers their clients the full range of disciplines, from creative, to consulting, to data and customer experience, and hopes to develop a new breed of future marketeers who can understand, communicate, and deliver across the entire range of capabilities. The Catalyst Academy is designed to do exactly that – develop future marketers and equip them with the experience and skills to thrive in a competitive industry.

2021/22 at a Glance: 600 Applicants, 11 Candidates across 3 Offices

2021 marked the first intake of catalysts for this eighteen-month programme. From a pool of 600 applicants, 11 candidates were hired across the London, Berlin, and Amsterdam offices with 42% of the group identifying as BAME, 43% as female or non-binary and 18% stated that they had a disability. The programme has been a tremendous success and, as the 2021 cohort wraps up, those who have completed the programme are all expected to be offered permanent roles.

During an exciting eighteen-month rotational programme at nine of our campuses around the world, including the UK, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Dubai, and other great locations, our 29 Catalysts candidates will train together, develop a range of important new skills, build camaraderie, and have fun doing so.

The quality and the structure of the Catalyst programme makes it an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking an entry point into our industry, and I am excited to see the programme scale and extend to more markets across the region as we move into 2023.

Silva Robertson, Chief People Officer for Wunderman Thompson EMEA

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