The Scheme 2018

The chance to be one of ten trainees joining us on 10th September 2018.

Your home for the next six months will be one of our nine London based publishing houses.

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 become:

A Copywriter coming up with the most compelling way to describe your book to sell as many copies as possible

A Proof-reader spotting spelling and grammatical errors

A Pitcher convincing your team why they should buy and publish a manuscript - the earliest draft of a book

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 always 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.

And if you do decide you want to continue your story with us, 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 enough books to make your shelves groan.

What other financial support is there?

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

If you’re offered a traineeship, we run a home rental loan scheme to help you cover the costs of any rental deposits you make.

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

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.

The traineeships will run as positive action schemes (under the Equality Act 2010).