About Taylor Bennett Foundation


The Taylor Bennett Foundation’s award-winning training and mentoring programmes exist to encourage black, Asian and ethnic minority graduates to pursue a career in communications.

Established by communications executive search firm Taylor Bennett in partnership with the University Of East London in 2008, the Foundation seeks to address the need for greater diversity in the public relations industry.

With the support of leading communication companies, we run professional development programmes that provide participants with the knowledge, skillset and network required to pursue a successful career in communications.

Our flagship training programme sees groups of six trainees join the Foundation on a full-time basis for ten weeks, during which time they:

• attend educational sessions on media, business and PR.

• complete regular practical assignments.

• meet and visit numerous communication agencies and professionals.

• receive expert careers counselling as they look for their first job in PR.

Trainees receive an allowance while taking part in this programme which covers their living and travel costs.

For information about taking part in our training programme click here.

For information about financially supporting our training programmes click here.

For information about hosting a visit for our trainees click here.

Our mentoring programme offers BAME graduates and final year students interested in a career in PR and communications the opportunity to receive mentoring from an existing practitioner in the industry, to help them identify career objectives, prepare for the job market and begin the job application process.

We match mentors to mentees, and provide guidelines to both parties on how to get the most out of the experience. The mentoring lasts for six months and we check in on progress at regular intervals.

For information on becoming a mentee click here.

For information on becoming a mentor click here.

Our new Summer Stars work placement programme – launching in summer 2018 – will offer paid work placements for up to 50 BAME students and graduates. Participants will attend an intensive one-week lecture programme at the London College Of Communication before joining a leading PR agency or in-house communications team for a four week placement.

The lecture programme – featuring talks from a number of leading PR practitioners and from TBF trainer Chris Cooke from Media Insights – will provide a beginners guide to PR, insight into the different strands of the sector, and an overview of the latest trends in media, PR and corporate communications. Places are also available at these training sessions for existing PR professionals.

For more information on the Summer Stars programme click here.

The Taylor Bennett Foundation’s work is only possible because of the support of countless individuals and companies in the PR and communications industry. For details on how you can support this work click here.

The work of the Foundation has been recognised on a number of occasions by the PR and communications industry and beyond. This has included the following awards:

PR Internships Awards – 2015 Special Recognition
London Loves Talent Awards – 2014 Highly Commended
Race For Opportunity Awards – 2012 winner
The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards – 2010 winner


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