Support for entry to the book trade
We recognise the need to bring talented younger people into the industry who might otherwise be excluded, to ensure the industry’s future development and success.
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We recognise the need to bring talented younger people into the industry who might otherwise (for financial or other reasons) be excluded, to ensure the industry’s future development and success, in the light of continuous technological change. We have created www.booktradeentrysupport.org as a microsite, specifically aimed at new entrants to the trade, to provide all the information on what support we offer and how to apply. It also provides details and application for our dedicated subsidised housing for new entrants to the book trade located at Whetstone. With funds provided by the merger with Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust, we are able to support those seeking employment in the Book Trade, by covering interview costs: such as travel, subsistence or overnight accommodation, primarily for people under 30 in financial need. We can also support younger people undertaking education and training courses which will lead to a career in the industry, such as post-graduate degrees in Publishing, or courses in bookbinding. Usually these will be support with living costs rather than tuition fees, but we have also helped with membership fees (such as for the Society of Young Publishers) and other related costs to help potential trade entrants. Ms B was a bright and enthusiastic graduate from the north of England keen to break into the Book Trade. She was offered a two-week work placement with a prestigious London publishing house, but didn’t think she could take up the offer because she couldn’t afford to stay in London for the duration of the placement. BTBS invited her to stay in their Guest Bungalow for two weeks and gave her a grant of £400 to cover her travel and living costs. “This particular programme recognises that it is difficult for young people to get a foot on the ladder in today’s rapidly-changing industry and we will be delighted if our assistance can help overcome some basic obstacles.” David Hicks – Chief Executive. Applications will be considered for: The cost of attending interviews, particularly but not exclusively in London eg travel, subsistence, overnight accommodation and appropriate clothing. Applicants will normally be under 30 years of age, resident in the UK and applying for jobs or internships within the UK Book Trade, in publishing primarily, but also within bookselling, wholesaling, and allied trades, including literary agencies etc. as well as bookbinding or conservation. Applicants will need to demonstrate financial need and for applications to be considered we need the following information:
- Bank details (Sort code and a/c number)
- Proof of eligibility (e.g. offer letter)
- Date of interview
We recognise that applications for some costs, particularly travel costs for interviews, may need to be processed and remitted quickly and the cooperation of applicants in enabling this will be expected and appreciated.
For paid internships of up to 6 months within the Book Trade additional funds can be released to cover costs including: travel, subsistence, rent and general living costs. Supporting Internships in the Book Trade This second initiative, also funded through the resources in the Matthew Hodder Fund, is aimed at encouraging talented younger people into the Book Trade. The scheme will cover those in paid internships who need extra support to afford these opportunities offered within the Book Trade, with travel, accommodation and living costs. The grant will be paid for a maximum of six months, entry requirements are set out below. The scheme is normally available for under 30’s, who are resident in the UK, applying for a job in the UK Book Trade, in publishing, bookselling or with literary agencies. BTBS will welcome applications either by the applicants or from companies, trade bodies or others acting on behalf of the applicant. Ms C was working for six months as an intern for a publishing firm in London, but struggling to cope on the minimum wage. BTBS was able to supplement her income with a grant of £300 per month for the duration of the internship. Since completing her internship, Ms C has secured a permanent marketing job in the Book Trade. “This innovative project deserves support from the trade and we are delighted that the close relationship between MHCT and BTBS, leading to the merger, has enabled this programme to get off the ground; we are sure it will be to the benefit of many young people, and to the trade itself.” Tom Biggs-Davison, former-Chairman MHCT