Nuttersons is a creative agency consisting of a small team of web designers and developers who provide a broad range of design and web services to clients all over the world. We also have over 500 web properties that generate income through advertising / affiliate sales etc. We are looking for an enthusiastic apprentice to work alongside our team. The right candidate must be a self-starting individual, with good organisational and written skills. They must have an appetite for producing great-looking, effective graphics. JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Apprentice Graphic Designer Reporting To: Graphic designer Job Location: Manchester, City Centre Salary: £120 per week + Annual bonus Holidays: 20 Days Holiday (plus Bank Holidays). Main Purpose of Job We are looking for someone with a passion for design and a keen interest in creating graphics for print and web. You will be working as part of a small team. Your primary roles will be to communicate with team members and clients, and to ensure all projects are completed effectively and efficiently. Detailed Duties 1. Organising and managing projects effectively and efficiently. 2. Assisting with creating graphics that look good, and convert well. 3. Assisting with updating existing graphics. 4. Communicating regularly with other team members. 5. Communicating via email and telephone with clients, when required. 6. Assisting with the management of projects from beginning to end. Including; initial contact, quotations, closing sales, development, amendments, signing off, marketing campaigns, updates and reviews. 7. Assisting with the management of outsourced developers, designers, illustrators, programmers, researchers, marketers (training will be given). 8. Assisting with installing and maintaining hardware and software. 9. Meeting agreed deadlines. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake additional duties of a similar responsibility level as and when required. Person Requirements We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in creating graphics for print and web. We want someone who has experience using computers and websites alike. We need someone with excellent communication skills and the desire to work hard, be creative, learn new things and develop their skill sets. Essential Skills / Experience / Qualities: • Experience using computers • Experience using Microsoft Office products (word and Excel) • Experience using websites • Experience sending emails • Knowledge of the internet • Good interpersonal skills. • Good communication skills, writing skills and people skills. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. • Good IT skills. • Good organisational and time management skills. • Able to correctly prioritise tasks. • Must have a passion for design • Take pride in your work. • Willing to travel occasionally. • Must be keen to progress, learn and adapt to new environments and challenging situations. • Not afraid to get involved in a project outside of a traditional skill set. Beneficial Skills / Experience / Qualities: • Experience creating graphics (for print and web) • Experience building/editing websites • Dealing with customers (in person / via email / on the phone) • Experience of Photoshop and Illustrator. • Interest in design of websites • Interest in coding websites • Interest in marketing • Knowledge of search engines • Sales experience. • Ability to work under pressure. • Willingness to learn new skills and rise to new challenges. • The persistence to work hard to achieve the best possible outcome. • Experience of breaking down large projects into smaller tasks and prioritise them accordingly. • Understanding of cost and best value Apprentice Scheme This vacancy is part of the government apprenticeship programme. The successful candidate will spend one day a week at college, and four days a week in our offices gaining first-hand experience. The Apprenticeship programme lasts one year, and on completion the apprentice will have gained valuable qualification and will be offered a full-time graphic design role. The Apprenticeship covers the following: • Preparing documents • Writing presentations and assisting with briefs • Marketing • Learning and utilising software • Supporting in developing, amending and drafting final illustrations for review • Designing and producing collateral • Preparing and proofing copy for online and offline, internal and external marketing and communication materials • Using illustration to visually communicate information of a technical nature • Working on print based materials, presentations, art work and graphics • Liaising with printers • Project management - taking projects from briefs to completion • Producing technical drawings, prototypes and samples Qualifications awarded At the end of the programme apprentices will have achieved: • EDI/Edexcel Level 2/3 NVQ Certificate in Design • Edexcel BTEC Level 2/3 Extended Certificate in Art and Design • Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT • Employee Rights and Responsibilities • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills What are the career opportunities? On completion of this apprenticeship, apprentices will have many opportunities to develop within the following areas: • Graphic design • Web design • Marketing & Sales • Client management How to apply If you would like to apply for this vacancy please email in a covering letter, a link to your portfolio and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the covering message/letter, please ensure that you answer the following questions: 1. Why you are interested in this vacancy? 2. Why you are interested in working for this company? PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM APPLICANTS THAT HAVE ANSWERED THE ABOVE 2 QUESTIONS. For further information, including a detailed job description and person specification, please see our website: Apprentice Graphic Designer | Design | Current vacancies | Careers | Nuttersons | Creative agency, Manchester The closing date for this vacancy is Friday 21 November 2014. Apprentice Eligibility: PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM APPLICANTS THAT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT APPRENTICE SCHEME. APPLICANTS WITH A DEGREE, OR WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED AN APPRENTICESHIP IN A SIMILAR FIELD, ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME.