Fresh Chapters 12-Month Traineeship

Programme Details

  • This programme is aimed at motivated individuals from BAME backgrounds (Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds) who are underrepresented in the publishing industry.
  • They will work with an Hachette UK publisher for one year as part of the programme.
  • The programme will include a six month placement in an editorial department where you will be able to have a real creative input. The remaining six months will be spent with another department within a different Hachette UK publisher. This may be in a department such as publicity, marketing, digital or sales.
  • Trainees are paid a training allowance of £20,000 net per annum.
  • Successful candidates will start their traineeship in October 2018 and so this opportunity is ideally suited to recent grads or final year students but applications from more experienced candidates are also welcome.

Application Process

  • To apply, you need to answer two short essay-style questions and send us your most up to date CV, and cover letter. We are interested in a wide range of experience. This is not limited to publishing experience only.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview and to attend an assessment day in early August.
  • Applications for the 12-Month Traineeship are open now and will close on the 6th July 2018.

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Reviews from the Trainees On The 2017 Fresh Chapters 12-Month Traineeship

“Owning my own end to end editorial projects, gaining a thorough commercial understanding of the industry, and discovering the areas of publishing that I’d like to pursue further have all been valuable aspects of the Fresh Chapters initiative. However, to my mind, the greatest success of the scheme is the network it allows you to form. Between the four other fantastic trainees, with whom the experience can be shared and who act as a brilliant support system, and the colleagues that I’ve met through my work, socialising across companies, and through groups such as THRIVE [Hachette’s BAME employee network], I’ve met people who are committed to improving diversity and who are determined to ensure that there is a place within the company for the current trainees and the ones who will follow.

“The traineeship has given us the opportunity to really see how all the different departments in a publishing company work, and most importantly, how they work together. The length of the traineeship also provides us with enough time to settle into our role and feel comfortable with the tasks given, whilst still learning new things. Although it is still too early to say, I feel like the scheme has been successful in providing candidates from BAME backgrounds with the experience that would help them break into the publishing industry should they choose to.”

“I could not be more grateful for the wonderful experience I have had as a trainee here at Hachette. From working with the brilliant Trapeze and Orion to getting involved with the THRIVE network and Stephen Lawrence Trust to meeting the teams at Bookpoint and Rowe, the knowledge I have gained has been invaluable. Having been nominated and winning a staff award, I feel both respected working here, and inspired to continue a career in publishing.

“The traineeship has taught me so much about the publishing industry. I have been able to turn a passion for books into a passion for the business of books. I have worked with experienced and patient people who have encouraged my points of view, challenged my way of thinking and taught me about how to connect books with readers. The Hachette traineeship has been an incredible experience that has solidified my interest in the industry and it is an important step towards making publishing an industry that is truly representative of society.”

“As well as providing the chance to get immersed in a department, learn from the experience of senior staff and gain hands-on, transferable publishing skills, the traineeship offered a brilliant diverse network of friends and mentors who I hope to keep in touch with for the rest of my career.”

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