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We are delighted to announce that our allegro team attended the 2019 UK Employee Experience Awards on Wednesday and took home the Gold award in the ‘Employee Engagement – Learning & Development’ category! This is an incredible achievement and shines a spotlight on our bespoke accelerated learning programme for aspiring medical writers.

More than 300 finalists gathered at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London to compete for a series of coveted prizes and share best practice ideas with one another. This included organisations such as HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive. Our team: Andrew Davidson, Neil Marmont, Sarah Jackson, Katie Buxton and Danny Hawker delivered a 15-minute presentation, covering the objectives, design, planning, implementation and business impact of the allegro programme, which has been running since January 2018. The presentation was followed by a Q&A with the judges.

The team presented with great passion and enthusiasm – the judges were particularly impressed with the individual stories of allegro alumni (Katie and Danny) and with the collaborative learning environment that allegro has created. They were also impressed with the scale of the programme and the opportunities it provides for current staff to get involved in training, mentoring, line management and coaching.

Programme Director, Neil Marmont, said: “This is a great achievement for the team and everybody involved in the implementation of the allegro programme. As well as the obvious benefits of allegro in meeting the needs of our business from a resource perspective, the influx of talented individuals into the organisation is encouraging internal networking and the growth of really supportive, dynamic teams, which is impacting positively on the quality of the work we are delivering to our clients.”

Overall, it was a very successful day and we are very proud to have an award-winning training programme that will continue to nurture, develop and inspire talented life sciences graduates.

About allegro

The flagship allegro programme is a 12-month, fast-track training initiative for life sciences graduates, providing a foundation for a long-term career in medical writing. The programme comprises an 8-week training phase and two 5-month agency rotations. At the end of the programme, employees join one of Ashfield’s agency teams in the UK as a Medical Writer.

Anyone interested in joining allegro can find more information at, Life at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, email: or call: 0161 5379625.

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