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BA/PA Professional Shadowing Scheme

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Welcome to the BA/PA Professional Shadowing Scheme Pages

The Professional Shadowing scheme was launched in 2011 as a small-scale pilot project to increase collaboration between booksellers and publishers.  It is based on short placements in which publishers can shadow a bookseller for a day (or longer), and vice versa. It is open to staff within member companies of the BA and PA (but not unfortunately to students).

Once the company which has offered the placement has selected their shadow partner, it is their responsibility to contact the successful applicant and sort out timing. The shadow partner, or his or her employer, is responsible for the costs for travel and accommodation.

Further development of the scheme is under way, and is due for discussion at the Booksellers Association conference. The most recent offer of a placement is from Sage Publishing (August 2012)

To find out how to offer a placement click here

A list of placements offered with publishers can be found here and for bookseller placements click here.

For more information please contact either This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at The Booksellers Association or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at The Publishers Association.

Terms and Conditions can be downloaded below:

icon Terms & Conditions for Applicant

icon Terms & Conditions for Booksellers

icon Terms & Conditions for Publisher