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The Scheme 2019

When does The Scheme start?

The traineeships start on 23rd September 2019.

Where will I work?

Your home for the next six months will be one of our eight London based publishing houses. We’ve nine houses in total but as Transworld loved their Schemer so much they’ve chosen to keep Sharika on and will rejoin The Scheme another year.

You’ll learn by doing, getting stuck in, and soaking up the day-to-day. Your introduction to publishing will be supported by a training programme designed to develop your editorial skills.

You’ll spend time with other teams too. You’ll work with marketing, sales and digital to help build your understanding of how our different departments work together to turn ideas into books and get them to readers around the world. If you like what you see in a particular team, you can choose to spend some extra time with them.

You’ll also have your own buddy and mentor to support you. They’ll be on hand to answer your questions and give you an insider’s take on things.

What happens at the end of The Scheme?

While there’s no promise of a job, we can guarantee that by the end of your traineeship, you’ll be in the best possible position to start a career in publishing.

If you decide you want to continue your story with Penguin Random House, we’ll work with you to find out how that might happen.

What will I be paid to train?

£11,000 (equivalent to £22,000 per annum), plus 12.5 days paid holiday and benefits for the six months you’re on the traineeship.

You’ll also get books. A lot of books.

Is there any other financial support?

Travel:   We’ll cover your travel costs to and from The Scheme selection days.

Accommodation:   We run a home rental loan scheme to help you cover the costs of any rental deposits you need to make.

If you need to move to London, we will share recommendations to help you find affordable housing in the area.  We can also put you in touch with The Spare Room Project. They match interns from outside of London with publishers who can offer them a spare room.

Financial Support:   For general financial support, The Book Trade Charity offers assistance to those who might otherwise (for financial or other reasons) be excluded from working in publishing.