Publishing Excellence Programme

Are you looking to start a career in publishing and media?

The publishing and media industry is one of the most competitive for work placements in the UK, with a higher applicant-position ratio than financial and legal services. Despite this, those with relevant qualifications and experience in the editorial, writing and publishing fields are highly sought after across the world.

Experience, of course, is the one thing that many people seeking employment have problems with. Most publishing and media companies both within and outside of the UK expect candidates to have experience in their chosen roles. To this end, a network of innovative publishers have helped to develop a Programme for people looking to enter the publishing and media industry, which will increase their chances of employment in this sector.

Feedback from previous candidates:-

Arkbound gave me a chance to gain an insight into publishing. I learnt ways to network with local contacts, collate content for publication and improve my editing skills to ensure content was to the best quality. Really happy with the knowledge and experience I gained there.”

Tallulah Lewis

Arkbound is not only brilliant for local authors wanting their work published, but also for local people wanting to gain work experience. I have recently done some work experience with Arkbound helping to proofread and copy-edit a book. The trust and responsibility I have been given has not only improved my confidence and use of initiative, but has also enabled me to gain invaluable experience that will be incredibly useful in all my future endeavours. Thank you Arkbound!

Beth Fisher

The Programme has helped me develop a clearer idea of the proceedings and practicalities of the publishing process. I also very much appreciated the social goal of the Publisher, which provided me with a stronger stimulus for my work and made my contribution feel far more worthwhile.

Camilla diLiberto

The programme provided me with a good and general understanding of the detailed ins and outs of the publishing profession. Having almost no idea how the process worked before taking the course (save for some nurtured proof reading and editorial skills), it was both refreshing and wholesome to learn about the more business and professional side of the industry. I generally enjoyed the work I was doing and liked how hard it made me work; it certainly honed my concentrations skills as well. I now feel like I know at least the basics and can go forwards with knowledge that I didn’t have before.

Jack Mckeever

I came away with the knowledge to start my own publisher and that is exactly what I am doing – they showed me everything from how to edit a book to getting ISBN codes and contacting retailers so they buy your stock. The Programme was also flexible and fitted around my part time job.

Sam Lucey

The Publishing Excellence Programme is currently considering new intakes.

The Programme covers all essential elements of book and magazine publishing, with the option to focus upon one of these areas. Through a combination of mentorship, support documents, seminars and in-office training, this Programme has been developed by publishers across the UK to be a launch pad into publishing and media. Upon completion of the Programme, candidates will have a wealth of practical skills and experience that will place them in the best position to approach other employers, or alternative to start their very own publishing and media outlets through Arkbound’s Publishing Network. The Programme offers a broad and innovative range of onward support and external connections to ensure that candidates can progress.

For further information, and to apply, see below.

Detailed Information

Introduction

The publishing and media industry is one of the most competitive for work placements in the UK, with a higher applicant-position ratio than financial and legal services. Despite this, those with relevant qualifications and experience in the editorial, writing and publishing fields are highly sought after across the world, with several international companies stating a preference for people who graduated from British universities, who have also worked within UK companies. Experience, of course, is the one thing that many graduates seeking employment have problems with. Most publishing and media companies both within and outside of the UK expect candidates to have experience in their chosen roles. To this end, Arkbound has helped to develop a programme for people looking to enter the publishing and media industry, which will increase their chances of employment in this sector, as well as empowering people to create their own publishing enterprises.

Overview

The Publishing Excellence Programme provides office-based work and training within publishing and media. Arkbound is one of a handful of organisations across the UK that offers this Programme. With a focus on practical proofreading and editing, together with the practicalities of operating a publisher and successfully promoting titles, the Programme is unique in its ability to provide a proven track record that will assist with future employment. Upon conclusion of the Programme, each candidate shall be provided with a reference that reflects upon their work, together with an in-depth report and embossed certificate. They will have a stronger understanding of the publishing and media industry, together with new skills that fit with their chosen area.

Modules

8-week programme 12-week programme
The basics of proofreading The basics of proofreading
Copy-editing in practice Copy-editing in practice
Book editing OR magazine editing Book editing
Book publishing process Magazine editing
Digital publishing and blogs Book publishing process
Creative writing tasks Book promotion
Working in the industry Working in the industry
Assessment Magazine content co-ordination
Digital publishing and blogs
Creative writing tasks
Assessment

Partnership Delivery

The Publishing Excellence Programme is delivered in partnership with other publishers, whose unique expertise and experience allows candidates to pursue specific areas of interest. Other publishers currently involved with the Programme are:

Valiant (Non-fiction books and magazines) – Birmingham

UpScribe (Non-fiction and fiction books) – Newcastle

The Write Factor (Non-fiction and fiction books) – North Devon

Mothers’ Milk Books (Women’s interest books) – Nottingham

The Programme also seeks to involve and collaborate with other publishers, as well as organisations connected to the development of creative writing, journalism and publishing in general. Through these connections, the Programme has the capacity to offer cross-placements with different organisations, who will help each candidate by sharing information sheets, mentorship, and contacts for onward employment.

1-1 Tuition and Training

Each successful candidate will receive 1-1 tuition and training in all modules of their chosen Programme components. They will be allocated a dedicated mentor, who will usually be an experienced editor. For specialised module sections, they will also have the opportunity of meeting outside speakers from published authors to press relation officers.

Depending on the component selected, elements of the Programme will include work in different locations (such as reporting on an event or venue), interactive seminars, and creative workshops.

Progression

There are two options that candidates can pursue upon completion of the Programme: employment with an established company, or creating an outlet themselves. For the employment route, candidates will be supported to find other placements. In some cases, a delivery partner may be able to directly recruit a candidate, or will refer them to a company that can. There will no additional fees or costs in this process. Completion will also result in a detailed reference, report and certificate that candidates can list on their CV and provide potential employers.

Those who complete the Programme will also receive first consideration for any publishing positions and internships that are available within the participating publishers. Funding and match-funding is available to ensure such positions are accessible and fairly remunerated (see below).

On top of this, the Publishing Excellence Programme provides the key knowledge and skills for a candidate to join the Arkbound Publishing Network. Each candidate who chooses this option will receive further extensive support to create a successful publishing enterprise.

Selection

Candidates for the Publishing Excellence Programme will be expected to have high standards of written English, with proficient use of Microsoft Word. Each candidate will need to pass two assessments before being accepted onto the Programme (regardless of its length). Further, each candidate must be legally allowed to work in the UK.

Costs

The full cost of the Publishing Excellence Programme is £900 or £1,700 for the 8 and 12 week components respectively. These costs cover use of office equipment, staff supervision, course materials, use of building facilities, attendance of training activities and events, together with all associated tuition. Arkbound is able to fully sponsor candidates (covering all costs) who are genuinely unable to cover the costs and who demonstrate exceptional skills in the assessments (see below).

Sponsorship

Arkbound can sponsor the following categories of applicants:

  • Those who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (‘NEET’);
  • Those who are on benefits due to a disability;
  • Those who have been referred by a qualifying charity or community organisation.

There are limited spaces for fully sponsored applicants, but each one will not be expected to pay any costs and will also have expenses for travel, food and any course work covered. Where Arkbound is unable to fully sponsor a candidate, there are other funding avenues available (see below).

Other Funding

The participating publishers have links with several funders who may be able to cover the costs of the Programme, and any expenses incurred whilst undertaking it. These include:-

The Printing Charity (they run an annual Print Futures Award, open to anyone under 30 that covers up to £1500). https://www.theprintingcharity.org.uk

The Stationers Foundation (their Major Awards programme is open to anyone under 25 and covers up to £2000). They also award financial assistance and scholarships. https://stationers.org/education-charity/education/scholarships-and-awards.html

The Book Trade Charity (they provide grants for internships for people under 30 with financial difficulties, covering between £1000-£2000).

The Arkbound Foundation (small grants can be considered on a case by case basis). https://www.arkfound.org

Other funding (there are a variety of other funding opportunities, both localised and associated with particular areas the participating publishers will help candidates identify and apply for these where appropriate).

Assessment

Candidates will be allocated core assessments that they will be expected to complete during, and upon conclusion of, the Programme. These assessments will either have a focus on book or magazine publishing (three assessments). In the case of the 12-week component, there will be six assessments in total that cover both books and magazines.