Orion is offering webinars "to demystify the publishing industry", starting this month. The workshops are designed to broaden the range of people who might apply for publishing jobs in the future.
The initiative is aligned with Orion’s paid work experience scheme that is currently underway, running from October 2020 until April 2021.
This series of webinars is an extension of the company’s Orion on Tour project and is scheduled to run in November 2020 and February 2021. Each event will be hosted by a different panel of Orion staff members, with representatives from a range of departments to provide an insight into the many different roles in publishing and advice on how to apply, all with the purpose of encouraging a broader range of people to consider a career in the industry.
In November, events are scheduled for Monday 23rd November, 6pm, in partnership with BAME Recruitment, a Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy firm, whose focus is delivering diverse recruitment and consultancy process for recruiting diverse candidates and growing talent within organisations; Wednesday 25th November, 6pm, with BME Promise, a recruitment and training agency focused on increasing the number of black and minority ethnic individuals working within the public, private and third sector; and Thursday 26th November, 12pm, when an Orion panel will speak to students from Bath Spa University, Liverpool John Moores University, Queen Mary University and the University of Nottingham for a special University Careers Event.
In February 2021 there are further events in the pipeline with Creative Access and Inspiring the Future, among others.
Sarah Benton, deputy managing director, said: "We set up Orion on Tour as part of our commitment to ensuring our publishing and our ideas come from everywhere and that every voice is heard. This year, off the back of launching our remote work experience programme to great success, we saw the need and opportunity to take this initiative online, in order to reach even more people and continue to dismantle the barriers to publishing."