Ampersand and IPA form new partnership

Marketing and talent consultancy, Ampersand has partnered with the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) to provide training courses across the MENA region. The partnership will see IPA offer advertising and marketing training across four main courses including the Foundation Certificate for new business owners, the Eff Test for those involved in effective measurement, the Commercial Certificate to help improve financial acumen and the Advanced Certificate for those with three to six years of industry experience.

“The depth, breath and quality of these training qualifications are globally renowned and we are delighted to now be able to offer IPA’s most important programmes to the MENA region,” says Nick Clements, CEO, Ampersand.

Patrick Mills, Director of Membership and Professional Development, IPA, adds “We are delighted to have partnered with Ampersand to help make the IPA’s industry leading qualifications and courses available in the MENA region. We are delighted to help play a pivotal role in raising industry standards to the benefit of agency and client communities and Ampersand’s knowledge and connections in the MENA region will enable more learners to take advantage of our offering.

IPA launches Foundation Certificate in MENA region

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) is launching its IPA Foundation Certificate across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this week. The launch is being supported by a press campaign from Dubai’s Impact BBDO.

The IPA’s Foundation Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification that arms delegates with less than two years experience the knowledge to perform their roles. The content has been tailored specifically for the MENA region and involves approximately 30 hours of online learning, it will culminate with a formal exam taking place on November 12 in Dubai.

“As Dubai and the wider MENA advertising industry continue to grow as one of the leading global advertising hubs, there is an increasing need to attract and retain the best talent and ensure that they are armed with the skills to deliver stronger client relationships, better work and more profitable business,” says Michael Burns, Head of Export, IPA. “Through our research in the UK we have proof that investing in IPA qualifications helps agencies grow faster, have greater levels of income growth, have higher staff and client retention rates, and see more substantial revenue increases than their counterparts.”

PHD partners with IPA

PHD, part of the Omnicom Media Group, has partnered with the UK’s Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) to localise and adapt its professional education material and examination for Middle East media professionals. Established for over 10 years, The IPA Foundation Certificate is an award-winning online learning program designed to provide junior industry professionals with the knowledge to perform their day-to-day roles with confidence and expertise. With over 10,000 executives in the UK certified, PHD are the first media agency executives in the Middle East to take and successfully pass the exam to secure the IPA’s Foundation Certificate.

“PHD is all about ‘finding a better way,’ not just for ourselves or our clients, but also for the industry in which we operate,” says Elda Choucair, Managing Director, PHD UAE. “Wherever it operates, PHD has always been a strong supporter of raising industry standards. I am very proud of the role we’ve taken in localising IPA’s Foundation Certificate for our industry and our team’s results in the examination. We’ve partnered with the IPA because we see it as part of our role to develop the future talent of our industry.”