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Four's 2010 '˜Make Me Your Grad' day breaks application records

London, 23 April 2010: Four Communications is today holding its fifth graduate selection day – by far the most competitive to date. The leading communication agency’s graduate scheme is one of the best-regarded in the industry, and this year received more than 750 applications – a five-fold increase on the number it received when the scheme started in 2006.
 
The 24 finalists invited to the selection day will go through a series of challenges during covering everything from social media, public speaking and presentation skills to writing, cultural and political awareness and an ‘Apprentice-style’ team task. All that as well as a full day of networking and interviews.
 
Four’s graduate scheme is one of the most integrated in the industry – with jobs on offer across traditional PR and Public Affairs as well as our Digital, Social Media, Sponsorship and Marketing teams; and in our Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices as well as in London. . 
 
Since the scheme started in 2006, Four has hired 32 graduates across its PR, Public Affairs, Sports, Arts & Sponsorship, Digital, Media and Marketing practices. 
 
Those who joined the company over the last few years have gone on to become some of its most successful employees – playing crucial roles in setting up offices, running new practices, spearheading Digital growth as well as managing work for clients from Sony PlayStation and HSBC to the 2011 Census and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation.
 
Nan Williams, chief executive, said:
 
“Although we are a relatively new force in the PR industry, we started the graduate scheme in 2006 to attract the brightest young minds to Four. As a truly integrated industry, they get a chance to work across disciplines from the start – and to get international experience early on. To say it has been a success is an understatement. We are extremely proud of our current crop of graduates, and the overwhelming response to this year’s scheme suggests that the quality of people we recruit is only going to get better.
“Our recruitment day is a real challenge – and encourages candidates to be bold, be brilliant, and take the opportunity to stand out.”
ENDS
 
Notes to editors
Graduate application statistics since 2006 (the first year of the graduate scheme):
Year
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Applications
150
150
180
510
750
Attendees at ‘Make Me Your Grad’ day
20
25
18
25
24
Hired
7
9
8
8
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For further information, please contact:
Luke Alexander
Account director
0870 626 9920
luke.alexander@fourcommunications.com
 
Notes to editors:
About Four
Four Communications was set up in 2001 based on four core principles…experience, passion, intelligence, commitment. These are the principles which underpin all our client programmes and define the way we run the business.
We have a two-centre strategy, based in the United Kingdom and the Gulf, from which we deliver local and international campaigns for a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors.
Just eight years on we have consistently proven ourselves to be one of the fastest growing communication agencies in both the UK and the Gulf.  We now have 130 staff covering every communications discipline
We are a fully integrated agency spanning public relations, public affairs, social media and sponsorship and have our own in–house creative teams delivering digital, design, advertising web, corporate publishing, events, marketing and media planning and buying. This means clients get an unrivalled service, matching their total communications needs, and unrivalled value for money.
Four Communications is owned and controlled by its management and staff.
 

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