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BAME Trainee Scheme at HarperCollins


We tell stories for everyone. Our authors, who make that happen, are the core and heart of our business, and we’re proud to publish many from around the world, regardless of their ethnic background. From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Yiyun, we just want to tell great stories for all. To tell those stories, we need our business to represent as many people as possible: people like you.

We were the first Publisher back in 2011 to work closely with Creative Access, to provide internship opportunities for young people from BAME backgrounds.  In 2016, we launched our own BAME (black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic) traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. We launched it because we are committed to diversity and inclusivity and we wanted to lead the way in shaking up our industry.  Our current business does not reflect our wider society as much as we think it should. Diversity is central to our success as a business, apart from being the right thing to do, we also want to reach the wider consumer market and therefore we are taking positive action to address this. After another successful traineeship in 2017, we’ve decided to do it again for a third year as the talent we employ has been exceptional.

This year’s recruitment process will feature many opportunities for you to demonstrate your creativeness, ambition and passion for our books. We don’t want to judge you purely based on a CV and covering letter, we want to get to know you face-to-face.

The successful candidates will be hired to undertake a twelve-month rotational traineeship around the business in London, with a choice to develop in a wide range of teams from publicity, marketing, editorial, production, strategy and audio. We give our trainees a mentor, plenty of training and loads of support. Even if you’re not successful to make it onto the trainee programme, we want to create a pipeline of exceptional talent and invite them to apply for other junior roles around the business. 

So, that’s us. Now, onto what you need and don’t need to apply:

Here’s what you don’t need:

  • degree
  • Previous publishing experience

Here’s what you do need:

  • A passion for storytelling in all its all forms
  • An innovative and commercial approach
  • An eagerness to throw yourself into all areas our business
  • Potential to learn
  • A BIG bookshelf… you’ll need it!

The application process launches 19th March – 19th April 2018.  For further information on how to apply please go to www.harpercollins.co.uk

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