Southwest-based Sponge, Europe’s largest independently-owned custom digital learning provider, launches its Design and Animation Academies, aimed at attracting and developing top graduate talent to the company.

The initiative reflects increasing demand for learning and visual design expertise in the rapidly growing organisation, which works with some of the world’s biggest brands.

The Academies will not only ensure that new recruits meet the high standards expected from the company, but also puts Sponge at the forefront in tackling UK-wide digital skills shortage. Harnessing the very latest in cutting-edge technology to deliver ‘seriously creative’ solutions, Sponge has long championed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in education as a means of driving innovation in the learning industry.

A select number of candidates from Sponge’s first assessment day will be invited to join Sponge’s Academies beginning September 2019. During the programme, which runs for up to 12 months, graduates will benefit from a day of ‘protected learning’ each week, including monthly skills workshops and practical mini projects designed to equip candidates with the necessary attributes for permanent roles at Sponge.

Upon successful completion of the Academies, it is expected that the graduates will become fully-fledged Learning Designers working from the company’s Plymouth headquarters or Motion Graphics Designers based at Sponge’s Bristol office. There is also scope to work from the company’s London base or recently opened Sheffield office in the future.

In the company’s ongoing quest to find the brightest graduate talent, Sponge plans to run regular assessment days at six monthly intervals. The next assessment day, aimed at recruiting Developers and Graphic Designers, is planned for June. Candidates interested in these roles will find further details in Sponge’s current vacancies section.

Louise Pasterfield, Founder and Managing Director of Sponge, said: “Learning is at the heart of everything we do, for our clients and our own people. We’re not only passionate about attracting the brightest talent to Sponge but committed to investing in their growth long-term. With this in mind, we’re really excited to launch our Animation and Design Academies.”

Geraint Evans