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Publishing training providers

 Whether you already work in publishing or are keen to learn a specific element of publishing, a variety of providers offer publishing training. Training offerings range from the dedicated Publishers Training Centre through to niche courses offered by providers such as ALPSP and BIC. 

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Arkbound publishes books and magazines. It was founded in Bristol as a social enterprise in early 2015.

They are one of the very few publishers to actively support people from disadvantaged backgrounds into the world of publishing and writing. They work closely with the Arkbound Foundation to achieve this, and in early 2018 formally became it’s charitable trading company, with 100% of profits going back into the charity.

Their Publishing Excellence Programme covers all essential elements of book and magazine publishing, with the option to focus upon one of these areas.


The Association of Learned and Professional Society of Publishers (ALPSP)

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers was formed in 1972 with 24 society members. Today ALPSP has more than 315 member organisations in 39 countries and is the largest international trade association for scholarly and professional publishers.

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Book Industry Communication (BIC)

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.


Certificate in Journals Publishing

The Certificate in Journals Publishing is a postgraduate course provided by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) in collaboration with ALPSP.



Imago provides training which has been developed specifically for publishing staff. PA members receive a 10% discount on courses.


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LDN Apprenticeships

LDN Apprenticeships is a training provider focused on helping young people kickstart their careers. They are the first training provider to deliver the new Level 3 Publishing Assistant Apprenticeship in association with the Publishers Association. Currently, they are placing Apprentices at Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury Publishing, Cambridge University Press, HarperCollins, and many others.

Using a unique recruitment process, LDN Apprenticeships connects candidates with employers, allowing young people to connect with businesses face to face without the use of a CV and help 16-25-year-olds start a career they’ll love.


The Open University

The Open University Centre for Professional Learning and Development (CPD) has a range of flexible online courses, especially designed for people who wish to extend or update their skills. The OU CPD courses can give new skills, knowledge and ideas, which can be applied in the workplace. Most take around 30 hours to complete and can be studied at a time and pace to suit each individual without the need to take days off work. The discounted course fee is £445 (usually £495), for PA members.


Publishing Scotland

Publishing Scotland is the network body for the book publishing industry in Scotland, working to promote and protect the interests of its members, both nationally and internationally.

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Publishing Training Centre

The Publishing Training Centre is the only not-for-profit organisation solely focused on delivering training courses for the publishing industry, in publishing skills and nothing else. The charitable foundation established that the core objective of The Publishing Training Centre was to be the provision of cost-effective and high-quality training for publishers in the UK and overseas.


Society for Editors and Proofreaders

The SfEP is a non-profit membership body for editorial professionals that promotes high standards and good practice.  It provides training, mentoring, advice, practice support and networking.  Formed in 1988, it now has about 2500 members (mostly in the UK) providing editorial services to publishers and a wide range of other clients.  The Society publishes an online Directory of editorial services provided by its members.


STM (International Association of Science, Technology and Medical Publishers)

STM is the leading global trade association for academic and professional publishers. It has over 120 members in 21 countries who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works.