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Creative Access & Penguin Random House mentoring programme

Creative Access & Penguin Random House mentoring programme

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 12/07/2022
Positive Action scheme
Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse | Disabled | Lower Socio-Economic Status

Closing date for applications: Monday 11th July at 23.59pm


Do you love stories and ideas? Are you looking to gain publishing insights, develop skills and confidence, and build new connections? Sign up now to be matched with a mentor from the world’s number one publisher.

Creative Access is excited to be partnering with Penguin Random House again to launch a virtual mentoring programme, designed to reach talent from communities currently underrepresented in the creative industries. The aim is to break down barriers and myths and showcase the rich mix of roles and opportunities on offer within publishing.

Successful applicants will be mentored by individuals who have at least two years of experience in the industry, from across the different teams at Penguin Random House, including editorial, design, production, technology, sales, marketing, publicity, distribution and HR. The senior leadership team will also be mentoring. There are 90 places available on this year’s programme which is open for applications from today until July 11th.

Penguin Random House make books for everyone, because a book can change anyone. Penguin was founded in 1935 by Allen Lane, who wanted to make good quality books affordable and accessible to everyone. Today, Penguin Random House are the UK’s leading publisher and home to some of the world’s most brilliant authors: from bestselling writers and bold illustrators, to big thinkers and political commentators, trailblazing entrepreneurs and wellbeing experts. The books, ebooks and audiobooks they publish enable talented people from all walks of life to tell their stories – and Penguin Random House make sure they are heard.

This programme is designed to be an equal partnership between mentors and mentees and mutually beneficial to both. Mentees will have access to publishing expertise and the opportunity to discuss their personal and professional development goals. And mentors will have the opportunity to learn from the fresh perspectives of their mentees and challenge their existing ways of thinking. To help set the new relationships up for success, Creative Access will offer training at an initial meet and greet session to both mentors and mentees.


How does the programme work?

Through the programme, Creative Access will find and match 90 people with mentors from across these different teams at Penguin Random House. Where possible, mentees will be matched with a mentor working in the area in which they would like to work or progress their career in.

It will focus on individuals over the age of 18 from under-represented communities looking to pursue or progress with their careers in publishing. This could apply to students at college or university or those who have some professional experience (in publishing or wider industries). Also welcomed are applications from those not currently in education, employment or training.

The mentoring partnerships will run from September 2022 for six months, with an initial meet and greet session facilitated by Creative Access and monthly virtual meetings thereafter.


What do you need to apply?

  • An interest in stories and ideas and working in a creative industry

  • An interest in at least one of the areas or departments in a publishing house

  • An aim to gain employment in a relevant trainee or entry-level role in the future or to secure support with progressing your career within publishing

  • A willingness to engage positively with a mentor on a monthly basis for six months

  • A commitment to attend a virtual Meet & Greet session in September 2022 (various date options). The Meet & Greet is a group training session designed to set you and your mentor up with everything you need to get off to a great start.


Plus, you’ll need to...

  • Be able to participate in 6 monthly virtual sessions with your mentor between September 2022 and February 2023
  • Be over the age of 18, still in education or training, aspiring to or currently working in publishing or wider industries
  • Identify as being from an under-represented group in publishing. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and complete this application form (we cannot accept your application without both)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • Please email any queries about this opportunity to Creative Access at this address:

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