Inclusiveness at the heart of student poster challenge

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A design challenge has been thrown down to students to highlight the work and other achievements of their school’s alumni – with inclusiveness as the theme.

Their posters will showcase the career path someone has followed since leaving school or volunteering they have taken part in and the winning entry will be produced and used in schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

A £100 Amazon voucher is up for grabs for the winner of the competition, which has been launched by the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN). The closing date for entries is 14 June and a panel of judges will announce the winner on 5 July.

Established by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the EAN aims to increase employer engagement with schools and colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk and ensure that every student has at least one positive industry experience for every year they are at school. Schools and colleges are matched with business volunteers and careers programme providers to create powerful, lasting partnerships that inspire young people.

Ipswich design agency Cheddar Creative is among the judges on the panel. Co-founder Rich Wood said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the ‘Inclusive Alumni’ campaign as we feel it’s incredibly important for young people to see that positive next steps are possible, regardless of academic or physical ability.

“Low self-esteem and self-worth can spiral all too easily into a very negative place, so campaigns like this are vital for giving learners an optimistic perspective. As well as teaching learners about the importance of creativity, curiosity and critical thinking, our goal is to instil a sense of confidence and self-belief, so they’ll feel empowered to aim high and pursue whichever career path feels right for them.”

Chloe Dozell, Director/Talent Agent for PWR Management, will also be judging the entries, along with model and fashion consultant Pamela Davis from Ipswich, who has been a regular guest on ITV’s This Morning show. Welcoming the competition, the founder and Managing Director of Fashion Candy Style encouraged students from all schools to take part and show off their creative skills.

“What an exciting opportunity for students/young people who are interested in marketing, design, fashion, TV and media to showcase some of their creative designs and ideas,” said Pamela.

“Within these industries, creativity is key, employers will look out for these qualities amongst others, and take an interest in those individuals. I would encourage all students to take part in this fabulous competition because simply taking part will enable them to build on their confidence and… you never know who will see it!”

The brief:

  • A4 digital poster or on paper if digital is not an option.
  • Colour theme and palette codes: Green – #00b4ad, Pink- #eb2a8b, Purple- #72557f
  • An example of where the photo of the individual on the poster will go. We have provided a photo and quote which you can use for your design if you do not have one yourself.
  • The name of the person.
  • An example of where the quote will be i.e: “Learning independence skills at school has helped me move into independent living”; “By doing work experience I learnt I was great at customer service and I now love my work at Sainsburys”; “I love volunteering at Poppy Farm, I have made lots of friends and learnt about goats”.
  • Your school’s logo to feature alongside that person and quote. This needs to be high-quality and a jpeg/png file.
  • Your design should include the EAN logo.


Students can download the EAN logo and example design, photo and quote here

To take part, email your design via your school’s email address to [email protected] by 14 June.

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