Taniesha Grant, Dana Ashur, Malakiya Phombeah-Savage who graduated Global Academy this year alongside Matt Moriarty in graduated in 2020 have all landed coveted places on the Brixton Finishing School summer programme from July – September – a disruptive industry-led programme aimed at increasing opportunities for under-represented groups in the creative industries.
The Global Academy grads are being put through their paces this Summer on a 10-week intense premium learning experience through a mixture of lessons and real-world advertising experience. The Globallers are able to build upon the creative, digital and advertising skills learnt during their time at Global Academy – and use them on projects, briefs and opportunities on the summer programme.
Brixton Finishing School’s ten-week programme is a blend of masterclasses, workshops, talks and personal development training. Malakiya, Taniesha, Dana and Matt will develop all the relevant skills needed in order to boost their employability and understand how the communications industry works and the roles within it.
The programme, which is the brainchild of Digital Leader, Founder of Hoxton United and friend of Global Academy – Ally Owen, is designed to supercharge the opportunity for our leavers to land places in some of the biggest and best creative companies in the advertising industry with a 95% employment success rate. Previous Global Academy graduates have also taken part in the programme in previous years and have successfully landed jobs at top companies in the industry including Global, BBC Studios and Blue Rubicon.
The programme will give students the chance to develop their digital skills, creative/critical thinking and winning work behaviours as Malakiya explains:
BFS has been an amazing experience being able to collaborate with new people and learning how to utilise my skills in visual and graphic design. I worked in a group called “Dreamers” where we pitched ideas to agencies for companies such as KFC, Samsung and Nike! The course has pushed me outside my comfort zone learning how to meet briefs in a short time frame of 4 days. It has built my confidence in pitching presentations,networking and learning the different avenues in the Advertising industry.
The programme aims to offer experiences to those in ‘under-represented’ groups in the creative industries (Multi-Cultural, Working Class, NeuroDiverse, Female) to find those with untapped potential.
Students so far have worked with brands like Beats By DrDre, KFC, Samsung and agencies and media owners such as Mother, Iris, RAPP, PHD, Omnicom, MailMetroMedia and many more!