Web Design Apprentice

Mark Boulton Design is looking for an Apprentice Web Designer. Not an Intern, or someone looking for work experience, or a junior, or someone who fancies a change. We’re looking for someone to teach, nurture and mould into a world-class talent.


Web design is a craft. And like other crafts – letterpress printing or book-binding – they’re not generally taught in colleges or universities. Sure, they can get you started on the right track, but the industry moves too fast for most institutions to keep up. Which leaves you, as a fledgling designer in a sticky situation. What are your options if you want to stay relevant? Try to find an internship which typically lasts six months and generally doesn’t favour your needs? Or start from the ground up in a Junior Designer position and try and learn by osmosis in-between all the dog work.

We want to change that. Our commitment to you is that we’ll give you two years. Two years to learn our craft right in the thick of it, working on live projects as one of the team.

What you’ll learn:

The web design industry requires broad skills, with deep specialism. We’ll help you with the first bit, it’s up to you to find your place to develop the depth. After two years, you will:

  • Understand, and be able to work in, various web design processes.
  • Have a broad understand of all elements of web design: from typography and colour theory, to user testing and project management.
  • Be able to take a brief and under direction, create something beautiful, appropriate and engaging.
  • Be a better designer. A better writer. A better communicator.
  • Be able to ask the right questions.
  • Have attended conferences to help you.
  • Have a hunger to learn more. You’ll feel like you’re just getting started.
  • Have worked on projects for some of the world’s biggest brands.
  • Have worked on projects for some of the world’s smallest companies with great ideas.
  • Get exposure to the people who are shaping the web.

We have developed a programme of learning that exposes you to all aspects of a project. You’ll be assessed along the way (don’t worry, no tests – this isn’t something you can pass or fail at; just make mistakes and get better). After two years, you’ll be a web designer. Not only that, you’ll be on the path to be a great one.

Who are you?

We expect quite a lot. You’ll get out of it what you put in. Being our Apprentice means we’re taking you under our wing to teach you what we know. We’re trusting you to commit to us, our clients, and the industry. To get an idea of that, we have a few questions:

  • Are you brimming with enthusiasm?
  • Are you opinionated and not afraid to share?
  • Do you always ask ‘why?’
  • Are you the type of person to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in?
  • Are you over 18 years old?
  • Do you have an A-Level or equiv. in Art, Design, Psychology or Engineering?
  • Are you a UK resident or have permission to work in the UK?
  • We’re based in South Wales. You will need to be too (even if you’re not now).

The Job

The job is a full time, paid 2 year contract based in Penarth (near Cardiff), in South Wales. You will be entitled to 20 days holiday plus public holidays.


If you’re interested, then we’d love to hear from you. But, hang on, here’s how we want you to do it:

Write a hand-written letter describing why you’d want to spend two years of your life with us learning how to do what we do. But let’s keep it fun: Tell a story. Write a haiku. Draw us a picture. We want to know what makes you tick.

If you have questions, please make that part of your letter.

Post it to:
Mark Boulton Design
Studio 2
The Coachhouse
Stanwell Road
Vale of Glamorgan

The closing date for these letters will be March 31st 2011.

If you know someone who fits this bill, then please ask them to get in touch with us.

What happens next

  1. We’ll read every single letter.
  2. We’ll then shortlist a few people who we’ll speak to on the phone. Then we’ll ask a couple of you to come to Cardiff (don’t worry, not at the same time), to spend a day with us all expenses paid.
  3. We’ll reply to every single letter.
  4. We’ll make a decision on who we want to work with.
  5. Then we’ll appoint you, around May 2011.
  6. Then the fun starts.

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