HarperCollins 2019 BAME Traineeship


HarperCollins is leading the way on diversity and inclusion and are working to increasing the diversity of our colleagues, to better represent the readership and communities they serve, create the most inclusive culture and to be the best company to work at. They have been awarded the best diversity network group award by Business in the Community. They are also the only publisher in the Race Listing Top 100 for the last two years running.

In 2011 HarperCollins became the first publisher to work closely with Creative Access, providing internship opportunities for young people from BAME backgrounds (black, Asian and minority ethnic). Then in 2016, they launched their own BAME traineeship, the first of its kind in the publishing industry. HarpCollins are excited to be running the traineeship for the fourth consecutive year – they’ve hired some exceptional talent so far and we’re looking to build on that success again this year.


  • Potential and enthusiasm to learn
  • A creative mind
  • An eagerness to throw yourself into all areas of our business
  • A passion for storytelling in all its all forms
  • An ability to build great relationships and work within a team
  • An eye for detail
  • Lastly, A BIG bookshelf (or a lot of space on your mobile) you’ll need it!


The successful candidates will undertake a twelve-month rotational traineeship around the business in London, with a choice to develop in a wide range of teams from publicity, marketing, editorial, production, strategy, audio and communications. It will be a challenging but fun experience.

We will help with coaching and development by giving you a senior mentor, projects to collaboratively work on, training (on the job, digitally and in workshops) to develop your true potential and support from around the business.

We encourage you to get seriously involved, championing our books and our authors. You will also get the opportunity to take part in experience days at the London Book Fair and take a trip to our Glasgow office, to name a few. At the end of the scheme you will know a lot about publishing!

As well as a chance to immerse yourself in all things HarperCollins, you will receive:

  • A training allowance, equivalent to an entry level salary of £23,000 gross
  • 26 days’ holiday plus UK bank holidays
  • An unrivalled suite of training courses (anytime, anyplace, anywhere)
  • Unlimited free books!
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee shop with amazing views


Stage 1 – application process

Applicant will be asked to submit their CV and answer a few screening questions on a blind recruitment platform using an anonymous profile. The platform strips your CV of all personal information so HarperCollins will not know your name or where you studied.

Applications will only be considered from candidates that identify as BAME.

A trained team will read all the applications and create a shortlist by assessing the answers to the screening questions.

The successful candidates will be then invited to attend the first of two on-site assessment days.

Stage 2 – speed interviews and networking

The applicant will meet some of the HarperCollins team for a structured speed interview. They will also receive more information about the scheme and the company in a relaxed informal manner.

Stage 3 – the final stage

Full details to be revealed soon, but the day will include meeting the Exec committee of HarperCollins UK and taking part in a team building task.

Stage 4 – offer stage

Offers to the selected trainees will go out in August. The Trainees will start the 12-month rotational programme on 7th October 2019.


2nd June 2019

Apply HERE

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