INTRODUCTION
Since 2008, Taylor Bennett has been seeking directly to address the need for greater diversity in the communications and PR industry.

We have done this through the delivery of an 8-10 week communications and personal development training programme for black and minority ethnic graduates, specifically designed to strengthen their skills and provide them with industry relevant work experience.

We have been fortunate to work closely with universities, agencies, in-house communications teams and media owners, and together we are equipping talented individuals with the necessary skills to launch their communications careers.

We are proud to have won two awards for our work: in October 2012 we won the Collaboration & Partnership Award at Business In The Community’s ‘Race For Opportunity’ Awards; and in 2010 we were presented with the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for our work tackling social exclusion.

THE FOUNDATION
The Taylor Bennett Foundation is being established as an independent registered charity to ensure the expansion and continuity of the programme, and to enable its work to have a wider profile.

This programme depends on great partnerships to help deliver its ambitions and we are very grateful to all those who have already contributed extensively with their time and money.

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE has agreed to be the first Taylor Bennett Foundation patron. He is the Global Head of Citizenship & Diversity at KPMG International, having previously advised the Downing Street Policy Unit on race and urban policy, and worked as a BBC and ITV journalist and presenter. A former commissioner for racial equality, he was awarded a CBE in 2002 and was nominated as a life peer in 2005.

TESTIMONIALS
"Improving understanding of PR as a visible career option amongst black, Asian and minority ethnic communities is a key focus for the CIPR’s diversity strategy. We are very proud indeed to be supporting Taylor Bennett Foundation’s exceptional training programme and to be working with them to campaign for greater diversity in PR".
Alison Steel, Chartered Institute Of Public Relations

"We have been hosting the trainees for over two years now and every group has been a pleasure to meet. My team and I have stayed in touch with many of them. The programme instills a sense of confidence in the trainees, which is vital in their quest for their first permanent role. They seem to learn a multitude of skills, practices and overall a really solid approach to engaging with people which does give them an edge in the highly competitive hiring processes. I also like the way these hungry, driven trainees give my own team a reminder of who is snapping at their heels"
Steve McCool, Hume Brophy

"It was a real eye-opener for us having the trainees spend some time in the ITV newsroom and studios. They were full of sharp questions and their visit helped us think about our own diversity initiatives at ITV News. People were still talking about their visit days afterwards"
Dan Faulks, ITV News

"One of the biggest things the programme has given us is confidence. We are no longer just a group of kids from diverse backgrounds that might not make it. The programme opens your eyes – you can look at yourself outside your usual situation. The only barrier to accessibility is in our minds"
A former trainee

SUCCESSES
Alumni of the programme have gone on to secure work experience, contracts and permanent positions at: Brunswick, Cable & Wireless, Cantos, Champion Communications, Chatsworth Communications, Churchill Theatre, Cision, Clareville Communications, CNN, Cow PR, Cut Communications, Edelman, Financial Dynamics, Freud, Garden Court Chambers, Gloss Communications, Glue Isobar, Grayling, Holst Digital, House PR, Imperial War Museum, InterContinental Hotels Group, JD Marketing, John Doe PR, Ketchum, Klein & Sons, Kreab Gavin Anderson, Lansons, Lewis PR, L’Oreal, Lucre PR, Macbeth Media Relations, Medecins Sans Frontieres, MHP Communications, Mumsnet, MS&L, Nelson Bostock, Newham Council, Octopus Communications, Pepsico, Portland, Racepoint Group, Rich Visions PR, RX Mosaic, Save The Children, Say Communications,  Spark Communications, Standard Chartered Bank, Talk PR, Thames London Gateway, TopShop, The Discovery Channel, The Observer, The Olympic Legacy Company, Unity PR, Weber Shandwick and  Westminster City Council.
In October 2012 we were delighted to be presented with the Collaboration & Partnership Award at the Race For Opportunity Awards.
 
In November 2010 we were thrilled to be awarded the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for our work tackling social exclusion.
IN THE PAPERS
Bright Star PR MD Bieneosa Ebite describes the work of the Foundation and her contribution to the programme in a blog post, 5 August 2013

Insight Public Affairs MD John Lehal mentions TBF in a blog on unpaid internships, The Huffington Post, 19 June 2013

TBF Course Director on CIPR campaign to explain PR in schools, PR Week, 28 February 2013

TBF Director Anne Groves on ‘Why we registered as a charity to improve industry diversity’, PRCA blog, February 2013

Why the PR industry lacks diversity, The Guardian 25 February 2013

Comment from TBF Director Anne Groves endorsing an opinion piece by Tanya Joseph, PR Week, 7 February 2013

Charity supports diversity in PR, Behind The Spin, 1 February 2013

30 years on – Taylor Bennett, Gorkana, 5 October 2012

Diversity – Five ways to break the barriers, PR Week, 5 April 2012

LMBS PR student wins place on paid internship programme with top London agencies, LMBS News, Feburary 2010

Interns scheme sets fine example, PR Week, 4 August 2011

Diversity In PR, CIPR TV, 2 June 2011

Taylor Bennett Foundation calls for PR mentors to promote diversity in the industry, PR Week, 18 April 2011

Developing a skilled workforce, Evening Standard, 31 March 2011

The PR debate isn’t about money, PRMoment.com, 21 February 2011

Taylor Bennett founds charity to promote greater diversity in PR, PR Week, 24 November 2010

New foundation launches to foster diversity in PR and comms, Communicate, 24 November 2010

The handshakes that change lives, Financial Times, 24 November 2010

New charity to promote diversity in PR, Gorkana, 22 November 2010

Diversity Matters, Communicate, 21 January 2009

From Our Readers: Diversity is the key to good recruitment, PR Week, 24 October 2008

 
 
 
 
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