The Taylor Bennett Foundation's award-winning PR Training Programme is a ten-week full-time training course in Public Relations (PR) and Communications, designed to equip participants with relevant skills to work in the PR and corporate communications industry.

There are a number of programmes each year, sponsored by a different PR or communications agency. This programme is sponsored by Finsbury, who are a global leader in strategic communications.

This training programme is designed to directly address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the communications & PR industry and is open to BAME graduates only. 

 The programme combines practical workshops with regular writing and presenting tasks, to provide extensive industry insight and allow the development of specific skills.

Tasks on the programme include:

  • Strategic Communications Workshops, including an introduction to Financial Communications, transactions (IPO and M&A), Investor & Media Relations, Public Affairs and Crisis Communications
  • Presenting - presenting campaigns and research topics to a variety of audiences.
  • Writing tasks - Conducting daily newspaper summaries of the broadsheets, mid-market tabloids and the red tops. Writing regular press releases and maintaining a blog which looks at prominent issues and case-studies within the industry.
  • Visits: Weekly visits take place with a variety of agencies and in-house communication’s teams.
  • Training courses via the CIPR and PRCA

The Traineeships are paid - £269.50per week training allowance - TAX AND NI EXEMPT, plus travel expenses in London.

What are we looking for?

  • Passion for current affairs, the commercial world and the media.
  • Raw talent, ambition and drive.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Lively curiosity and a hunger to learn.
  • Communications skills; people who can listen, are articulate and persuasive.

The successful candidates will:

  • Be from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • Want to pursue a successful career in PR and communications
  • Be a graduate. We will accept applications from graduates who have studied any subject
  • Be a British national or have immigration status that allows you to be employed in the UK at the end of the 10-week programme.
  • Be able to commit to the full 10-week programme

To apply:
Eligible graduates need to submit an application form by Friday 30th August 2019, 5.00pm.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to take part in an Assessment Day on Friday 13th September 2019.

From the Assessment Day, the successful candidates will be chosen to join the programme for 10 weeks from Monday 23rd September 2019.

A pre-assessment briefing will take place approx. one week before the assessment day.

To apply, please complete the online application form here – 2019 Autumn PR Training Programme. If the hyperlink does not work, please copy and paste the following into your web browser