The Ben Martin Apprentice Award (BMAA) was created to kick-start careers and support diversity for the creative, advertising and technology talent within Bristol and the South West. Founded by Bristol Media in 2018, the BMAA was a huge success last year, and after recently announcing Okori Lewis-McCalla as this year’s winner, we are proud to be headline sponsors of the award and to continue supporting the initiative in 2020.
As part of the competition, next week, Okori will join Bristol Media and a team of agency professionals at the world’s largest interactive festival, SXSW in Austin, Texas for five days. On his return, he’ll complete a structured programme of paid internships. BMAA is also committed to offering internships to the runners-up who will benefit from gaining practical work experience, setting them up for a future career in the industry.
“ADLIB are delighted to support this year’s Ben Martin Apprentice Award. We’re a B Corp business committed to driving and championing diversity and inclusion within the technology, data, creative and marketing sectors. We are big supporters of Babbasa and it has been a pleasure working with them and Bristol Media, we look forward to seeing the positive outcomes that are generated through the programme.”
~ Nick Dean, MD, ADLIB
“We all want to make sure our industry is more diverse and inclusive, but when you run a small business, it’s not always easy to know how to make a practical difference. By coming together as the Bristol Media community to support the BMAA, every member business, regardless of size, can do their bit to help young people get that all-important ‘foot in the door’.”
~ Chris Thurling, Chair, Bristol Media
“This competition embodies Babbasa’s mission to improve social mobility outcomes in Bristol and the SW and to support young people from diverse communities with their professional ambitions. We are very pleased and excited for what comes next for Okori and I am sure this will inspire many other young people to consider a career in the creative industry.”
~ Urfan Ali, Babbasa Advisory Board Member
The Ben Martin Apprentice Award was launched in memory of Ben Martin, a local agency MD who was passionate in his belief that success was achievable regardless of background or education.
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