Orion has announced a paid and flexible work experience scheme, open to applicants across the UK for remote month-long placements. The publisher said the initiative is part of its "dedication to broadening access to and demystifying the publishing industry".
The new scheme—which is now open to applications from 24th July for placements this September—was designed in direct response to the lack of placements available in publishing, which has been exacerbated whilst publishing offices remain closed and at a time when the graduate job market is being hardest hit by the impact of Covid-19.
According to job search website Adzuna, opportunities for 2020 graduates have fallen by 77%, and, so says the Telegraph, one in three final year students have lost their graduate job before starting while another third have had their offer deferred or rescinded.
Orion said it is keen to also provide opportunities for non-graduates, school leavers and those looking to make a career change.
Sarah Benton, deputy managing director, said: "Orion’s commitment to ensuring that every voice is heard, is only as impactful as the diversity of those voices and we want to maintain our determination and energy to remove all barriers to accessing a career in publishing. We are excited to share our experience and meet the future stars of the industry."
The intention is to make the most of the flexibility afforded by remote working, ensuring that candidates do not need to relocate to London in order to gain valuable hands-on experience in a publishing house. The placement will offer the chance to attend a variety of company meetings, as well as the chance to meet a variety of people across the company and senior team and receive informal mentoring or career guidance.
Running at a rate of one placement per month and the pilot scheme six months long, applications can now be made via Hachette UK's website. No prior experience in publishing is necessary but the company says it is looking for "a passion for books and storytelling" as well as "strong work ethic and a desire to gain and apply new skills".
The first placement is scheduled for September, offering pro-rata pay in line with the Hachette starting salary of £23,000 per annum. It will run the programme virtually until the end of 2020 and review for 2021.
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