The Scheme is our early career positive action programme and we’re going to use the summer to decide where to take it next to achieve the greatest impact: which means it will open up again for applications in 2023. We know this will be disappointing news for anyone hoping to apply this year so please head to our jobs page to see what’s on offer – we have over 150 entry-level roles each year. We love the programme, and are committed to its continued success, and will share an update next year on our future plans.

Welcome to The Scheme 2021.

What do a publishing trailblazer award winner, marketing exec at a charity, and an up-and-coming audiobook editor have in common?

They all started their careers on The Scheme.

The Scheme is a place for voices that we want to hear more of in publishing.

Could yours be one of them?

Danai, Angel, Karelle and Anike
“The Scheme gave me a complete immersion into the world of publishing. I came into it with no experience and genuinely zero knowledge of the publishing industry and learned an incredible amount.”

The Scheme offers six-month paid traineeships at Penguin Random House. There are eighteen on offer.

This year, you could be trying out a new career path in Editorial, Publicity, or Sales. You don’t need to know about publishing, have a degree, or any particular educational background to apply.

The Scheme is open to people who identify as one, or both, of the following:

  • Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group
  • From a lower socio-economic background

When you join The Scheme, you'll spend six months immersed in the day to day running of a publishing house, learning what it's like to be a part of their Editorial, Publicity or Sales team. You'll find out what's needed to get a book into the hands of a reader and the roles different teams play.

"The Scheme is one of Penguin Random House’s flagship programmes: Scheme alumni are important contributors to publishing and the wider creative industries. I am looking forward to meeting this year’s Schemers and seeing how the programme can help accelerate their growth and impact too".

– Tom Weldon, CEO and Scheme Sponsor

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First of all, be sure to read about each type of traineeship so you’ve a good idea of what The Scheme is all about, and where you’d be most interested in working.

Whether you're interested in one, two or all three departments on offer, you only need to make one application. As we learn more about your strengths and interests through the application process, we’ll suggest the traineeship path we think best plays to these.

Applications closed on the 16th May 2021.


“If you think publishing may be for you, this is a brilliant chance to find out and even if you ultimately decide it is not the best fit, within these six months, you’ll have gained so many new skills and pushed yourself creatively.”

Aniké, 2019 trainee