Orion reopens and expands work experience scheme

Orion reopens and expands work experience scheme

Orion has reopened its paid remote work experience programme and complemented it with a series of webinars aiming to demystify publishing.

The publisher launched its scheme in September last year, and had 1,400 applicants. It eventually hosted six candidates and reached many more with Orion on Tour. The virtual events reached more than 500 people, partnering with BAME Recruitment, BME Promise, Bath Spa University, Liverpool John Moores University, Queen Mary University and the University of Nottingham.

The programme has now reopened for applications, with pro-rata pay in line with the Hachette starting salary of £24,000 per annum. The placement offers the chance to attend a variety of company meetings, as well as meet staff across the company and receive informal mentoring or career guidance.

Meanwhile Orion on Tour returns with a series of webinars including one on 18th March featuring candidates who have taken part in the scheme. Each is partnered with an organisation and will be hosted by a different panel of Orion staff members, with representatives from a range of departments providing an insight into the many different roles in publishing and advice on how to apply, all “with the purpose of inspiring a new, more diverse generation of publishing talent”.

Sarah Benton, deputy m.d., said: “Orion are committed to ensuring that every voice is heard and it’s this that drives our desire to make real change in what we offer and contribute to the future of publishing. We have loved meeting the six candidates who have worked with us so far and are ready to meet more brilliant colleagues. Orion on Tour’s virtual events are an excellent and effective way to reach far beyond the number of candidates we can host each year and continue to smash all boundaries to access publishing.”

Applications are welcome from today (5th March) and close on 1st April. All information, including an overview of the departments within the company, is available online.