Paid traineeships for BAME graduates

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Taylor Bennett traineesApplications are now open for the Summer 2015 Taylor Bennett Foundation traineeship programme.   

These programmes are designed to directly address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the communications & PR industry and are open to all Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) graduates.

The 10-week programme is supported by Brunswick, the leading financial and corporate communications consultancy.

On the programme six recent graduates will receive professional training in all services offered by the consultancy including financial PR, investor relations, reputation and brand building, public policy, as well as the exciting challenges of dealing with a crisis and how to communicate effective messages to an audience.

PR trainees will also learn about how companies reach and engage their stakeholders, the UK media and digital channels and other PR skills. Participants will also have expert careers coaching to help them plan their future in the communications industry. They will receive a training allowance of £235 per week (tax free) and travel expenses during the course.

83% of Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni have gone on to secure work in the communications industry.

During the assessment process, we are looking for all of the following:

  • Raw talent, ambition and drive.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Lively curiosity and a hunger to learn.
  • Passion for current affairs, the commercial world and the media.
  • Communications skills; people who can listen, are articulate and persuasive.

You will:

  • Want to pursue a successful career in PR and communications
  • Be a graduate. We will accept applications from graduates who have studied any subject
  • Have the right to work indefinitely in the UK (proof of this will be required)
  • Be able to commit to the full 10 week programme.

Eligible graduates need to submit an application form by midday on Friday 29 May.  An assessment day will take place on Friday 19 June with the programme running from Monday 22 June to Friday 27 August.

Pay: £235 p/w TAX & NI EXEMPT training allowance (this is more than minimum wage take home pay) + travel expenses from home to zone 1 in London. You must live within a commutable distance from London during your time on the programme.

Please do not send a CV to apply for this position, as it will not be accepted. You must complete the application form on our website at

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