Nettl, the network of neighbourhood web studios owned by Trafford-based Grafenia plc, has launched the Nettl Academy and welcomed its first ever cohort of ‘cadets’.

The Nettl Academy, which forms part of the recently opened 2,500sqft Nettl of Birmingham Business Store on Great Charles Street, Queensway, is a place where design graduates can gain real commercial experience while benefitting from knowledge and experience of leading professionals from within the Nettl network.

The first intake of Cadets mostly hail from Coventry University where they have typically studied Illustration and Graphic Design and have an average age of 21.

Chris Lowe, Director of Nettl and unofficial ‘head professor of Nettl Academy’ said: ‘Every year, ten thousand students graduate from university with a design qualification. Yet, on average there are only 800 design jobs available.

‘Of those 800 jobs available, businesses often prefer to hire designers with experience, but getting that experience is tough. Many designers resort to freelancing and building their portfolio through doing work for friends and family while many more end up working in an unrelated field.

‘We have launched the Nettl Academy to give these talented graduates a helping hand. The academy is a place where design graduates can gain experience, get on-the-job coaching and real-world training. It gives them a leg-up and teaches them how to do the job in a busy and funky design studio.’

Nettl plan to launch a second Academy in Manchester later this year. If you’re a design student, or you know one, Nettl are looking for applicants for next term. Find our more or enrol via the website.  If you have a design or print business, find out how Nettl could help you grow. or call 0207 490 0011