PR & Communications Apprentice – Healthcare – Hill & Knowlton

  • Company: PRCA
  • Location: London
  • Closing Date: 03-05-2023


We are looking for a proactive and highly organised apprentice who enjoys writing, thinking up creative/innovative ideas, and communicating with a wide variety of people. A passion for healthcare communications, and a real appetite for learning is also required.

What will the apprentice be doing?

H+K’s Healthcare Sector is a vibrant and close-knit team, passionate about creativity and the power of storytelling and content to tell powerful stories about health and the human experience of it. We have a cross-discipline approach to our client’s business needs, working with our colleagues in public affairs, internal comms, brand PR, consumer, medical education, crisis, corporate comms and our in-house design and production team as well as our talented global health network.

Due to the evolving needs of our clients and expansion of business, we are looking to recruit a proactive and highly organised Apprentice with a passion for healthcare communications, and a real appetite for learning to support our close-knit team.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work on life enhancing/saving health brands with some of the most prestigious pharma and biotech companies on UK, European and global accounts, then our H+K Apprenticeship is the ideal platform to launch your health communications career and take that first step towards establishing yourself as a communications specialist.

You will need to have a genuine passion for health and be an enthusiastic team player, with excellent communication skills and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

PR activities

The PR Apprentice will be required to undertake (but not be restricted to) the following activities as part of their role.

  • Writing: Writing for business communications, communicating effectively with PR clients, writing for the media (including articles, news releases, blogs, and case studies)
  • Social media: Understanding when and which social media channel is appropriate and how it can be incorporated into a PR campaign. Using social media in a strategic and effective way for companies and brands
  • Media liaison: Understanding how the media operates, dealing with day-to-day inquiries from the media, pitching stories and/or products to the media, building relationships with the media (i.e. journalists), creating media lists, monitoring press clippings, and sending/receiving press selection products
  • Deliver PR campaigns: Supporting the team in creating new campaigns
  • Evaluate PR campaigns: Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and impact of PR campaigns
  • Research & data analysis: Conducting and reporting research for the team and/or clients
  • Presentation: Planning and delivering presentations internally & externally
  • Events: Supporting with planning, organising and co-coordinating events

Workload management:

  • Time management: Planning, organising and prioritising your workload to ensure deadlines and objectives for both work activities and apprenticeship training are met. Ensuring email/online diaries are kept up to date
  • Meetings: Arranging internal and external meetings
  • Career development: Taking responsibility for personal learning and professional development

Working with people:

  • Professional relationships: Developing professional relationships with colleagues, stakeholders and teams. Ensuring supervisors and coaches are aware of work-in-progress and any issues
  • Networking: Building a professional network of other PR professionals

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • You will develop a wide understanding of Public Relations and the impact it has on businesses
  • As a Public Relations and Communications Apprentice, you will follow a Level 4 Public Relations Assistant apprenticeship standard, which is a nationally recognised qualification route with a Diploma.
  • This will involve “on the job” training, virtual visits from an apprenticeship coach, an internal line manager to provide ongoing guidance, online learning and creating a portfolio of evidence
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required
  • The apprentice will be working towards an End-Point Assessment (EPA) which will determine if he/she has the knowledge, skills, and behaviours listed in the PR & Communications Assistant Standard
  • The apprentice must follow company and training provider procedures at all times

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Future employment opportunities within Hill + Knowlton Strategies may be available on completion – several former apprentices have gone on to be promoted as long-term team members.

Apply now or contact student support if you need assistance with your application, we’re here to help!