The Independent Publishers Guild is to take over the running of the Publishing Training Centre next year, after the board of trustees decided it would help to secure the charity's long-term future.
The centre, which provides publishing professionals with courses and opportunities to improve their skill set, will continue to run as normal until 2021, when the "new-look" PTC will be launched. The current courses and virtual in-company training will not be affected by the change. The IPG will assume responsibility for the planning and delivery of all training and content in the new year.
Hodder Education m.d. Lis Tribe, chair of trustees at the PTC, said: “We are very pleased to be placing the Publishing Training Centre in the safe hands of the IPG. The PTC has a long and proud history of serving publishers, but the time is right for a reimagining of its provision and processes. The IPG has the experience, expertise and networks that are needed to ensure that training stays at the heart of publishing.”
The IPG, which recently set up its virtual Skills Hub, intends to build a new portfolio of interactive online training resources that are available on demand for the PTC.
It will also seek to partner with other publishing organisations to create and promote training content that supports professionals in different departments and at all stages of their careers. Resources will be available on a whole-company subscription or one-off cost basis.
IPG Chief Executive Bridget Shine said: “It’s a privilege to be taking on responsibility for the Publishing Training Centre. Professional development has always been at the core of the IPG’s work, and we are excited to be using our deep knowledge of publishers’ priorities and skills gaps to create a new centre of excellence for the entire industry. From the UK’s biggest publishers down to the smallest start-ups, we’re setting out to give everyone access to the high quality, cost-effective training that they deserve.”
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