Following its successful launch in 2016, HarperCollins UK has announced that it is once again running its BAME traineeship programme, aimed at Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals who might not otherwise have thought about publishing as a potential career. The traineeships were created to help tackle BAME under-representation within the business and the wider industry, and were launched with the support of Business in the Community’s race campaign, of which HarperCollins UK is a member, and the Publishers Association. To make sure the company can draw on the widest pool of potential BAME talent, this year the programme has been opened up to non-graduates.
HarperCollins will select two candidates for a paid 12-month rotational training contract, encompassing different aspects of the publishing business, to begin in October 2017. As well as learning about HarperCollins’ divisions and functions during the programme, the successful candidates will receive training and support from HarperCollins, and have the guidance of a senior mentor throughout the year.
CEO Charlie Redmayne said: “I am proud that already some outstanding new talent has entered our industry through the HarperCollins BAME traineeship programme. It’s initiatives like this that move us forward as a company and bring us closer to better reflecting society at large and enabling us to reach even more readers.”
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