Harper Collins BAME (Black, Asian & non-white Minority Ethnic) Traineeship 2017

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Application Deadline: 14th July 2017

In 2016, Harper Collins launched the BAME-only (black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic) traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. We launched it because we want to shakeup publishing: our current business does not reflect our wider society as much as we think it should. Diversity is central to our success as a business, without it, we do not represent the wider consumer market.

This year’s recruitment process will feature many opportunities for you to demonstrate your creativeness, ambition and passion for our books. We don’t want to judge you purely based on a CV and covering letter, we want to get to know you face-to-face.

The successful candidates will be hired to undertake a twelve-month rotational traineeship around the business in London, with a choice to develop in a wide range of teams from publicity, marketing and editorial, to production, strategy and audio. We give our trainees a mentor, plenty of training and loads of support. We want to create a pipeline of exceptional talent, so even if you’re not successful this time around, you may be invited to apply for other junior roles around the business.


  • A degree.
  • Previous publishing experience.

Here’s what you do need:

  • A passion for storytelling in all its all forms.
  • An innovative and commercial approach.
  • An eagerness to throw yourself into all areas our business.
  • Potential to learn.
  • A BIG bookshelf… you’ll need it!

Here’s how you apply:

Stage 1

The first stage is a video application. We want you have the chance to shine, to show us who you are in more detail than a CV and cover letter could tell us.

You’ll need your CV to hand, a quiet room and a device with a camera and internet access. We’d like you to think about the following questions before you film your video application:

  1. If you could pitch a business idea for HarperCollins to the Executive Board, what would it be?
  2. What is your favourite piece of content? It can be a book, film, TV show, podcast, song – anything! Tell us in 90 seconds why it’s your favourite.

Stage 2

After that we’ll give you a week or two to breathe and then we’ll have an open day and an on-site assessment where you’ll meet some of the HarperCollins team for a brief interview and a drink!

Stage 3

The next stage will be a final assessment day – all to be revealed soon.

Stage 4

Offers to the selected trainees to join us in October 2017 for the start of their 12 month rotational programme.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the BAME (Black, Asian & non-white Minority Ethnic) Traineeship 2017

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