Orion continues paid work experience scheme and webinars

Orion continues paid work experience scheme and webinars

The Orion Publishing Group has announced the next group of successful candidates for its paid, remote work experience placements and launched a new webinar to demystify the industry.

Its scheme, first launched in September 2020, is designed to remove boundaries to access and has so far hosted seven candidates, reaching thousands more via the Orion on Tour virtual events.

The first Orion on Tour session took place as applications opened in March and the second is planned for 22nd June for unsuccessful applicants to gather feedback for future applications. The event is free and open to all.

Sarah Benton, deputy m.d., said: “We are so excited to have six, new, talented individuals join us this year. Our selection criteria very much focussed on looking for people who didn’t know if publishing was for them, as our scheme gives a good grounding to understand all aspects of the industry. It was rewarding, too, to hear direct feedback from our applicants that our Orion on Tour events had helped them hone their applications and that we are truly focussed on delivering our values of representing every voice and providing an inclusive culture for all. We can’t wait to meet our new colleagues.”

Every month-long placement includes pro-rata pay in line with the Hachette starting salary of £24,000 per annum and Orion staff will run the programme virtually until the end of 2021.

Alongside the work experience placements, Orion staff have run five virtual events and partnered with Creative Access and Inspiring the Future alongside Northampton, Southampton, Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds Trinity, Warwick, Stirling and Exeter universities.

Registration for the next event can be made online. Any organisations interested in future demystifying publishing webinars with Orion staff can contact virginia.woolstencroft@orionbooks.co.uk