In an industry first, Hachette UK is proud to launch a new traineeship programme in partnership with literary agency Curtis Brown and booksellers Waterstones! Taking part in a broad and exciting programme, ten trainees will gain unprecedented exposure to all elements of the journey of publishing a book, from pitch to production.
This will be Hachette UK’s fourth intake of trainees and the programme will continue to focus on making publishing more accessible to under-represented groups, as part of the publisher’s ‘Changing the Story’ vision for diversity and inclusion. It is actively seeking applications from candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds and particularly men from both of these backgrounds to improve representation of these groups in Hachette UK’s editorial staff base.
The trainees will spend the entire year within one of the trade divisions or the education business and will specialise in either editorial, marketing and publicity, or rights. Some of the trainees will spend a month in literary agency Curtis Brown and booksellers Waterstones.
“I’m Patricia and joined Hachette in 2018 as part of the traineeship and massively appreciated this experience as it was a great stepping stone into the industry. I had the freedom to explore my interests and meet amazing people across the business whom I learnt a great deal from. I’m pleased to say it led me to my current role as Publicity Assistant with Orion where I initially started as a trainee!”
“I’m Nicole and I joined Hachette as part of the 2019 cohort of trainees. The traineeship was brilliant – I gained invaluable insight into the life of a book – from manuscript to print – and met so many lovely people along the way. The scheme helped me to pin down the area of publishing that best suited my skills and that I enjoyed the most. The experience aided me securing a role as Editorial Assistant at Quercus’s non-fiction imprint, Greenfinch, where we publish beautifully illustrated lifestyle titles.”