The Taylor Bennett Foundation is a charity that exists to encourage black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates to pursue a career in communications. We do this through our award-winning PR training programme, and internship and mentoring programmes.

Established by communications executive search firm Taylor Bennett in partnership with the University of East London and founding agency Brunswick in 2008, the Foundation seeks to address the need for greater diversity in the public relations industry. We became a registered charity in 2013.

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.

The Taylor Bennett Foundation operate in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. The Foundation is legally able to offer traineeships and/or internships only to UK nationals with a “visible ethnic minority” because it can show that:

a ) it is offering training opportunities (and not jobs) and;

b) that it is targeting a group of the population which is proved to be under-represented in the sector.

As stated in the CIPR State of the Profession 2019 census, the vast majority (92%) of practitioners classify themselves as white (compared to 88% in 2015), BAME practitioners represent only 8% of the industry.

Any permanent jobs that are listed on our website, or opportunities which are not traineeships and/or internships, are open to candidates from any background.  

The Foundation have gained external recognition, winning several awards: a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for Social Inclusion in 2010; the 2012 Business in the Community ‘Race for Opportunity’ Collaboration and Partnership Award; a Highly Commended award in the LondonlovesTalent Diversity and Mentoring category run by online business site LondonlovesBusiness; and, in 2015, a Special Recognition award at the inaugural PRCA/PR Week Internship Awards.

In 2019 we were finalists for a Lord Mayor's Dragon Award in the Community Partners category.

In 2018 as part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations, the CIPR and Golin created a short video for us. To hear from our alumni, one of our strategic partners Brunswick and key supporters, click on the YouTube video below.