Altrincham marketing agency RMS has hailed its Student Placement Scheme with the University of Salford a huge success.

Aware that design students often struggle to find work experience, RMS created a competition for a student to win a one-month placement at the sharp end in the agency.

The project proved popular, with over 50 students taking part, and the quality of entries so high that RMS decided to extend the prize and will now be welcoming four students over the next few months.

Working in collaboration with the University’s art department, RMS produced a creative brief for the students to tackle. Following submission of initial concepts, the RMS design team provided constructive feedback for the students to consider before entering their final work.

Shortlisted students were then invited to give a formal presentation to the RMS team, who selected the winners.

Lynn Spencer, senior designer at RMS, said:

“I remember only too well how hard it was to get real, meaningful experience when I was a student. I feel passionately that successful businesses have a duty to give something back and that’s just what we’ve done with this project.

“It’s been quite time-consuming but so worthwhile – the quality of work presented was astounding and is a real credit to the graphic design BA (hons) course at the University of Salford. It bodes very well for the future of design in the region.”

Jo Greenalgh, lecturer on the graphic design course said:

“Continuing to build relationships with agencies such as RMS is extremely important for us, as students are able to experience real live projects and present industry standard professional outputs with the support and feedback of professionals such as Lynn and Andy. The students all gained valuable experience and the four successful students have further benefitted by securing a placement at RMS.”

RMS is a full-service marketing agency, with over 25 years’ experience in helping brands and businesses from a wide range of sectors thrive with public relations, creative design and digital marketing.