Starting out in publishing with Creative Access and Penguin Random House

Applications open for a new mentoring programme for young people who are interested in a career in publishing or the creative industries.

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Penguin Random House UK is partnering with Creative Access to launch a new mentoring programme which will see 150 senior leaders from across our business each take on two mentees – one external and one internal – from under-represented groups in the publishing industry.

Through the programme, Creative Access will find and match 150 young people with senior leaders from across Penguin Random House. It will focus on young people (18+) from under-represented communities who are still at school, college or university who want to pursue a career in publishing, and those who have some work experience (in publishing or other creative industries) who want guidance on progressing their career. Also welcomed are applications from those not currently in education, employment or training.

Alongside this, the Penguin Random House HR team will pair each of the 150 leaders with a second mentee from within the company to offer support and advice on career development and progression.

The programme will run as two six-month cohorts, over a 12-month period, so that mentors support one mentee at a time, meeting monthly.  The 150 mentors will comprise the entire Senior Leadership team (including CEO Tom Weldon) alongside a number of other Heads of Department across the company. To help set the new relationships up for success, Creative Access will offer training to both mentors and mentees. 

How to apply

To apply to take part in the mentoring programme, or for more information, visit the Creative Access webpage

Applications are open until midnight on 22 October.

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