Publishing Assistant apprenticeships to start this autumn

News - Publishing Monday, 10 June 2019

Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House and others to host first successful applicants to PA-driven scheme

Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, DK, Pearson, Penguin Random House and Springer Nature are to be the first publishing houses to take on apprentices under the Publishing Assistant apprenticeship standard scheme.

The apprentices will start in September, with training delivered by LDN Apprenticeships. The programme lasts 15 months.

The level 3 standard, the first to cater specifically for publishing and with the aim of increasing diversity in the industry, has been driven by the Publishers Association and a group of publishing employers in response to the government's introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. It has been developed with Creative & Cultural Skills.

Emma House, deputy chief executive of the Publishers Association, said: "Apprenticeships are a fantastic mechanism for driving social mobility in our industry, and we are proud of our work to deliver the first ever publishing-specific apprenticeship standard. It is hugely encouraging to see publishers embracing this idea and we hope many more will follow. We would like to thank the trailblazer employer group, whose support and high-quality work has resulted in a standard which we hope will be a game-changer for apprenticeships in publishing."

Peter Phillips, president of the Publishers Association and chief executive of Cambridge University Press, said: "The introduction of a new publishing specific standard is an important step towards establishing apprenticeships as a pathway across our industry. This is a key part of the PA's work to support publishers in opening up careers and providing opportunities to a wider group of people. That's something I have already seen generate real successes in Cambridge University Press."

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