The PRCA and PRWeek have announced the winners of the annual PR Internships and Apprenticeships Awards, an awards programme aimed at celebrating diversity and inclusion within the PR and communications industry.
This year, the awards were expanded to include apprenticeships as well, which are vital to improving diversity and inclusion within the industry.
The awards took place on Wednesday, 17th July, and saw winners in four categories.
The winner of the Best Internship Programme category was the Government Communication Service. They also won the Best Apprenticeship Programme Award.
The Best Intern category was won by Olivia Thwaites, who interned at the Direct Line Group.
Finally, Anais Belloul, who was an apprentice at Templemere PR, won the Best Apprentice Award.
Francis Ingham MPRCA, PRCA Director General, said: “Huge congratulations to all of the winners of the PRCA PR Internships and Apprenticeships Awards – their wins were very well deserved. I am proud to say that this is the first year we have included an apprenticeship category, as we continue to celebrate apprenticeships and apprentices.
“We are extremely proud of the fact that we are the only provider of the PR and Communications Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are vital to improving diversity and inclusion in the industry and we must do more to recruit bright and exceptional talent from diverse backgrounds.
“We are also delighted to be able to provide a celebration of interns, and of those employers who are the UK’s best in their treatment of interns. We’ve helped changed industry attitudes towards internships over the past few years, and it’s right we celebrate that change for the better.
“Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors Signal A.I. and our judges – without them these awards would not have been possible.”
This year the awards were sponsored by Signal A.I. Signal is an A.I.-powered business intelligence company that aggregates, analyses and makes sense of the world’s information – including news, social media, and regulatory data – transforming them into usable knowledge for business leaders. Signal A.I. has over 350 clients including Amnesty International, British Airways, Twitter, EY, BNP Paribas, Allen & Overy, and Deloitte.