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Ogilvy UK partners with Bishop Challoner Collegiate to nurture next generation

31 January, 2013


LONDON — Ogilvy & Mather, one of the largest communications groups in the UK, is partnering with The Bishop Challoner Federation of Schools in Tower Hamlets, to offer students the opportunity to gain an insight into the industry through a number of key initiatives in 2013. This is part of Ogilvy’s ambition to nurture the next generation of talent and encourage greater diversity in the industry. The partnership between Ogilvy & Mather and Bishop Challoner was organised by The Worst Kept Secret (TWKS).

The new Emerging Talent Programmes will encompass;

Work experience placements - Ogilvy will offer ten Bishop Challoner students work experience placements throughout summer 2013. The students will spend two weeks working in Ogilvy’s Canary Wharf office. Students who complete placements will also be offered the opportunity to be mentored by an Ogilvy employee for two years.

The brief day - Throughout 2013, Ogilvy will invite two groups of students into their office for a ‘brief’ day. These individuals will be given a tour around Ogilvy and an induction, and then presented with a brief, which with guidance from Ogilvy teams they will work on for the rest of the day before presenting back their ideas.

Careers clinics - Ogilvy employees will give talks in school assemblies and classrooms. The careers clinics will cover topics such as careers in the communications industry, CV writing, interviewing tips and how to get noticed when applying for jobs etc.

Nick Soar, Head of Girls’ School at Bishop Challoner commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with such a prestigious organisation as Ogilvy. As a school, we have taken great strides in moving our attainment levels up and once again this year we have seen record numbers of students excel in their exams. This partnership will help provide our students with even greater levels of aspiration, confidence and tools to take the first steps in their chosen careers. The creative heart of Ogilvy’s work mirrors how we nurture our own student’s imaginations. This synergy, coupled with leadership training and long-term professional mentoring make this partnership fresh, relevant and unique.”

Julia Ingall, UK Group HR Director at Ogilvy & Mather commented: “Our Emerging Talent programme is designed to make young people aware of the opportunities that exist within the communications industry. That it’s a profession which is open to a broad range of individuals, from many different backgrounds, so it’s an option should they wish to pursue it. We chose Bishop Challoner High School because we want to give something back to our local community in East London, where our biggest London office is located.”

Dowshan Humzah, Director, The Worst Kept Secret commented: “We are delighted to bring together two of the organisations we have worked with to develop this original and long-term relationship. This provides great opportunities for students at Bishop Challoner and allows them bridge the gap between what they learn at school, and what they need to succeed in the modern workplace.”

For further information contact:
Poppy Nagra
Group Communications
Ogilvy & Mather UK
Tel. +44 (0)7345 3314
BB. +44 (0)7785459548

Notes to editors
i Year ten students aged 14 to 15 years

About Ogilvy & Mather
Ogilvy & Mather is one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. In 2012, O&M was named Cannes Lions Network of the Year and Most Effective Agency Network by the Effies Global Effectiveness Index. The company is comprised of industry leading units in all of the following disciplines: advertising; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; shopper and retail marketing; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing; consulting, research and analytics capabilities; branded content and entertainment; and specialist communications. O&M services Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses through its network of more than 450 offices in 120 countries. It is a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY). For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter at @OgilvyWW and on

About Bishop Challoner Collegiate
Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School is building, quite literally, on one of inner city education’s great success stories. Having become the country’s first federated school in 2001, it completed a ground-breaking £45m Learning Village project which bought exciting developments both for the school and the local community. Bishop Challoner has achieved outstanding levels of excellence both inside and outside the classroom. This has meant fine examination results and an enviable range of extra-curricular activities, reflecting the energy and enthusiasm of staff and students. All this has led to an unprecedented demand for places among parents in Tower Hamlets and beyond - a local multicultural community in which the school plays its full part. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @ChallonerGIRLS ; @ChallonerBOYS ; or @ChallonerSixth

The Worst Kept Secret
The Worst Kept Secret (TWKS) is a digital and social media agency that builds capability for organisations by providing bespoke training and strategy consultancy and delivers online community management. TWKS applies a digital and social media lens across their clients (be they in the private, public or not-for-profit sector) to enhance existing working methods and results. In schools, TWKS works to bridge the gap between study and real life – assisting teachers with digital and social media tools to make lessons more engaging. TWKS also developed and launched the UK’s first social media course to be assessed at GCSE. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @worstkeptsecret and on Facebook on 

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