Tindal Street Press Publishing Traineeship offered

Tindal Street Press are offering a “unique 12-month publishing traineeship to degree level applicants from the Black African, Caribbean, Asian, Chinese or Middle Eastern communities.” The following is copied from Birmingham Words (who don’t have permalinks on their blog so I can’t link directly…)

Recent research highlights the under-representation of black and minority ethnic groups in the publishing industry. This forward-looking initiative aims to address the imbalance.

The paid traineeship is split into four 3-month sections and will include hands-on editorial experience at Tindal Street Press, sales and marketing experience at distributors Turnaround Publisher Services, and retail experience at Borders in Birmingham and their Head Office, with a final stint at Tindal Street Press.

External training courses and a mentor are to be provided to guide the successful applicant’s learning. The development of skills in these three crucial areas of the publishing process will provide an unequalled, structured insight into the industry. Tindal Street Press will pay a training bursary of £12,000 to the successful applicant.

Emma Hargrave, Managing Editor, says: ‘This is a superb opportunity for a motivated individual with a passion for contemporary fiction and the ambition to learn how it is marketed and sold.’

The background to the traineeship is the 2007 DipNet Measuring the Industry report, supplemented by the 2004 deciBel research, which concluded that black and minority ethnic groups are currently under-represented in the publishing industry. These traineeships form part of a strategic initiative, under section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976, aimed at reducing this under-representation.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 29th May 2007. Further details of the traineeship are available on www.tindalstreet.co.uk and from Emma Hargrave (emma@tindalstreet.co.uk) or Luke Brown on 0121 773 8157.