The Academy

Creating a culture of continual learning and development.

AIM

Create something special

Ultimately, our clients come to us for our creativity, expertise and perspective, while our people join us because of the nature of our work and what we achieve. Therefore we have a talent proposition designed to ensure we are expert in walking the walk when it comes to research, insight, innovation and design.

WHY?

Always-on learning

We’re continually working in new areas with new audiences and capabilities – yet always at the intersection of people, business and technology. Therefore we need to be ever comfortable with learning and exploring what could be and what is possible, cultivating creativity and applying ideas with intelligence.

OBJECTIVE #1

Develop talent

We invest more than double the industry average in learning and development, we have a 4-day week, we have oodles of resources and we have protected time to work on personal research and development projects. What’s not to like?

OBJECTIVE #2

Work with meaning

At ELSE we chose to work on projects with meaning, where there is an opportunity for profound and positive impact on people’s lives. Whether it’s internal R&D or client work, we aim to create sustained change and deliver long-term value. 

OBJECTIVE #3

Push the agenda

It is a prerequisite that we actively participate in the development of experience design practice. Therefore we are continually researching and creating new methodologies and thought leadership, to share with colleagues and progressively to develop the discipline.

Balance

4-Day Week

At ELSE we walk the talk and do a 4-day week. We don’t work on Fridays. Instead we chose to use that time growing as people. We firmly believe that creativity, ideas and innovation require room to breathe and space to gestate and the 9–5 (designed in the 1800s for the manufacture of goods) is the antithesis of that.

Poppy’s story

From graduate to leading key accounts

Starting as one of our 2014 graduates, Poppy has since progressed into a senior role and is now leading our design work on patient care services for Boehringer Ingelheim, as well as delivering lectures on Interaction Design at Brunel University.

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Whether you are a graduate or a seasoned designer, we are always on the lookout for great talent.