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Inclusive Publishers

Many individual publishers already have fantastic initiatives under way to improve diversity and inclusivity, and this is very well embedded now, seeing results in improved inclusivity in the wider publishing ecosystem, from the writers they publish through to the workforce. 

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Cambridge University Press offers apprenticeships in Communications, Customer Services, HR, Marketing, Project Management, Sales and more. Apprentices work alongside colleagues and a recognised training provider and get the time and support they need to unlock their full potential. They earn while they learn, and are part of a wider cohort of apprentices benefiting from training opportunities together.


BAME Internship

Faber & Faber has created a bursary for a 20-week internship for a person from a BAME background. Faber has partnered with Creative Access to help with the recruitment. The internship will begin in September and the successful candidate will receive training and support from every department in the building. The company intends to make this an annual initiative and to provide mentorship to other shortlisted candidates.


Faber Academy Scholarship

Faber Academy is launching a new scholarship from spring 2018. Two writers per year will be offered tuition-free places on the prestigious six-month Writing A Novel course. The aim of the scholarship is to support "writers, from BAME and other backgrounds whose voices might otherwise go unheard".

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FAB Prize 2017

Faber Children’s has teamed up with the Andlyn Literary Agency to create the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize to help discover new writers and illustrators from BAME backgrounds, and to provide a year-long mentoring scheme for one author and one illustrator.



Faber is partnering with a number of organisations so that staff members can engage externally in advocating and promoting careers in the publishing industry to children and young adults from a wide range of backgrounds. Activities will include mentorship and open days at the Faber offices. The launch partners are New Writing North, Arts Emergency and IntoUniversity.

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Fresh Chapters 12-Month Traineeship 

Hachette UK offers final year students and recent graduates the chance to apply for two brand new programmes that offer brilliant students with a passion for books the chance to gain an insight into the highly competitive publishing industry. The Fresh Chapters 8-Week Internship offers graduates the chance to gain an eight-week insight into the publishing industry.  

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The BAME Scheme

In 2016, HarperCollins launched the BAME-only (black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic) traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. The successful candidates are 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 and editorial, to production, strategy and audio. HarperCollins provides a mentor, plenty of training and loads of support.

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Penguin Pride

Penguin Pride celebrates the importance of literature in progressing LGBT equality and changing attitudes towards the LGBT community. Building on the success of Penguin Pride in 2016, Penguin Random House UK  partnered with Britain’s leading LGBT charity, Stonewall, on a unique event featuring literature, live music, spoken word and author readings and photography during London Pride fortnight.


PR Job Hack

In 2016, Penguin Random House launched JobHack; 5 days of creative, publishing-oriented workshops aimed to inform young people about careers in publishing. JobHack is part of Penguin Random House's work to help make publishing more inclusive. They aim to reach those who have a passion for storytelling and curiosity for what’s going on in the world, but who aren't on publishing's front doorstep.

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The Scheme

Penguin Random House's The Scheme is a traineeship for public relations. It's about convincing new voices who may not have thought about working in book publishing to consider a career in publishing PR. 



Penguin Random House created WriteNow to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers who have a disability or come from a socio-economically marginalised background.


Undergraduate Careers Event, Editorial & Publishing

Springer Nature hires a significant amount of graduates every year into entry-level editorial roles. They have created an Undergraduate Careers Event specifically for those interested in editorial and publishing.