Creative Alliance Home Grown Event – Jan 2017 – Hotel Du Vin

Last week on Wednesday the 25th of January at 5.30pm the Creative Alliance team held the Home Grown event at the Hotel Du Vin.

The Home Grown event was an exciting opportunity for businesses in central Birmingham to make a pledge towards investment into Creative, Digital and Marketing Apprenticeships.

The event was a bit of a battle-cry from Creative Alliance Managing Director, Noel Dunne who opened the evening’s speakers. Noel is passionate and determined in getting the industry to take responsibility in training young people into their businesses. He suggested that if we don’t give our local talent; opportunities, training and career prospects they will leave to greener pastures. And then what happens to Birmingham’s creativity? it becomes stale and old.

“If we don’t look at all the routes for learners, we’re going to miss out on all the talent that young people have to offer” Noel Dunne32537997995_f48da8335c_z

The event had a few speakers after Noel. First up was a current employer Lee Kemp from Vermillion films. He spoke of his apprentice. His initial trepidation and his surprise at the quality of people interviewed. And how his apprentice, within 6 months, has already started to become a valuable asset to the company, managing small projects by himself.

Next was an apprentice, Amber Townsend, who has just finished her apprenticeship. Working for a media buying company Amber talks of wanting work experience and being over the moon in securing a full time role at the company BBJ&K. She now manages nationwide clients and at 19 helps plan their media buying strategy.

It was then time for Thomas Matthews a young man looking for work. While working with Creative Alliance he is developing his skills in Digital Marketing and talked with a genuine passion about how he is looking for an opportunity.


The event was closed by Noel Dunne who just wants to see the businesses of the Birmingham Area giving young people an opportunity, growing their business effectively and understanding apprenticeships properly.

Creative Alliance is running another #HomeGrownBrum event in the Jewellery Quarter in early March. Don’t miss out on learning about Creative Alliance and its work in Apprenticeships as well as an opportunity to hear our young people speak.

If you are unsure about apprenticeships or how they work. Or if you want to get in touch and  find out more then don’t hesitate to email