This page outlines the process you will go through if you apply for a place on a TBF programme and gives you more information about what our assessors are looking for.

“What I love about the TBF programme is that it is so unique. You get paid to be trained which is unlike anything else. You get so much help and training on how to write your CV and cover letters to help you with job applications in the future and a great insight into all areas of PR”
Veronica Chu, a graduate from Manchester University, was a trainee on the Taylor Bennett Foundation Programme in Summer 2014 sponsored by Brunswick and is now an Account Executive at Team Spirit.

UPCOMING PROGRAMMES
The third TBF programme of 2016 will take place from Monday 19 Sep to Friday 25 Nov, sponsored by Finsbury.

To apply for a place on the programme DOWNLOAD THIS FORM, fill it out and them email it back
to applications@taylorbennettfoundation.org. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 19 Aug 2016.

Applicants who make it through stage one of the recruitment process will be invited to take part in an Assessment Day in London on Friday 9 Sep 2016. There will be a pre-Assessment Day Briefing approx one week before that date.

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“I’m honoured to have gone through the Taylor Bennett Foundation programme. The experience and exposure I received directly led to me finding my first role in communications and provided me with valuable contacts – all of which I definitely wouldn’t have had without their help”
Jacob Mukete, a graduate from University of Leicester, was a trainee on the Taylor Bennett Foundation Programme in Autumn 2013 sponsored by Finsbury and is now a Junior Account Executive at Albion Drive.

SELECTION PROCESS

• Trainees will be chosen by a two-stage selection process.

• Interested candidates first submit an application form.

• A shortlist is then drawn up and these candidates are invited to attend an Assessment Day.

“The Taylor Bennett Foundation ensured that I was fully equipped to begin a career in PR. The one-to-one mentoring provided by Taylor Bennett and The Red Consultancy was invaluable, and I was fortunate enough to land a permanent role with my sponsor agency at the end of the traineeship”
Lequan Johnson, a graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, was a trainee on the Taylor Bennett Foundation Programme in Winter 2014 sponsored by The Red Consultancy, and is now an Assistant Account Executive in the company’s  Ethical Healthcare team.

ASSESSMENT DAY

• When we have received all applications we will draw up a shortlist and these candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Day in London.

• You will be required to attend from 8.15am to 5.00pm.

• The Assessment Day will consist of written tests, group exercises and individual interviews. You will also be asked to give a presentation.

• You will be fully briefed about the Assessment Day before the event (details about this briefing below) to help you perform well at this stage, and will be given advance warning of your presentation topic to give you chance to prepare.

• In addition to preparing your formal presentation, we recommend candidates read up on the PR industry and any partner companies involved in the programme, and keep up with key news stories, particularly as reported by the daily newspapers, ahead of the Assessment Day.

• You must wear business dress for the Assessment Day.

“So impressed by the Taylor Bennett Foundation, Vodafone often select alumni to join their team for a three month internship. Four of us applied from my programme and I was successful. After completing the internship they kept me on for an additional six months. It was a brilliant opportunity”
Kharis Brooks, a graduate from the University Of The West Of England, was a trainee on the Taylor Bennett Foundation Programme in Autumn 2014 sponsored by Finsbury. In 2015 she won the PRCA’s prestigious ‘intern of the year’ award after being nominated by Vodafone.

ASSESSMENT DAY BRIEFING SESSION

• In preparation for the Assessment Day, shortlisted candidates will also be required to attend a short (approx 90 minutes) Briefing Session the previous week.

• At this session, you will be fully briefed about what the Assessment Day will involve, and will be given advance warning of your presentation topic to give you chance to prepare.

• Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by telephone/email to confirm their attendance at both the Assessment Day and the Briefing Session.

“I really didn’t expect, two years after finishing the course, that I’d still be using the knowledge I gained in the first two weeks of the TBF programme. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the Foundation I wouldn’t be where I am today, because the skills and knowledge I gained gave me the confidence to aim high”
Emmanuel Ofosu-Appiah, a graduate from Manchester University, was a trainee on the Taylor Bennett Foundation programme in Summer 2012 sponsored by Brunswick, and is now a Consultant at FTI Consulting.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

During the assessment process, we are looking for all of the following:

• Raw talent, ambition and drive.

• Excellent research and analytical skills.

• Lively curiosity and a hunger to learn.

• Passion for current affairs, the commercial world and the media.

• Communications skills; people who can listen, are articulate and persuasive.

The Taylor Bennett Foundation programmes are designed to directly address the need for greater diversity in the communications & PR industry.

You will:

• Want to pursue a successful career in the UK PR and communications industry.

• Be a graduate.

• Be a British national or have immigration status that allows you to be employed in the UK at the end of the ten week programme.

• Be able to commit to the full ten week programme (the hours are long; it is an extremely intensive training scheme and is not for the faint-hearted!).