Candidates Programmes PR Mentoring programme PR Mentoring programme INTRODUCTION TO THE PR MENTORING PROGRAMME The Taylor Bennett Foundation offers black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates (18+) interested in public relations (PR) and communications the opportunity to join our six-month mentoring programme. Throughout the programme PR practitioners will provide advice, guidance and will share their insights into how the PR industry operates and how best to prepare for the job market. By the end of the programme, candidates would have expanded their networks in the industry and developed their knowledge of PR and communications. Applications for the programme are accepted twice a year (Spring 2020 and Autumn 2020). APPLICATIONS FOR OUR AUTUMN PR MENTORING PROGRAMME ARE NOW OPEN. SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PR MENTORING PROGRAMME. APPLY NOW! What is the PR Mentoring Programme? Designed to directly address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the communications and PR industry, our six-month PR Mentoring Programme is an opportunity for BAME candidates to not only gain a clear understanding of the public relations industry, insight into the different strands of the sector alongside receiving support in preparing for the job market and identifying career objectives but you will also receive support and guidance from an experienced practitioner. The Foundation has appointed a wide range of mentors that span across different sectors such as Tech, Financial Services and Corporate Communications. WHAT WILL BEING MENTORED INVOLVE? • Being proactive and organising your mentoring sessions. This can include a mixture of face to face and online meetings. • There will be no financial cost to you as the mentee • Once you have completed the application form, we will match you with someone that currently works in the PR and communications industry and aligns with your own goals. Throughout the programme, the mentee will have: • A mentor to hand that will provide consistent support to you and will be available to answer your industry queries • Started to develop an in-depth understanding of the PR and communications industry • Support in navigating and understanding the recruitment process • The chance to develop a career action plan that includes updating and improving your CV/covering letter Once you have completed the application form, we will match you with someone that currently works in the PR and communications industry and aligns with your own goals. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? • You must be a BAME candidate (18+) • You must have an interest in the PR and communications industry in the UK • You must have an interest in current affairs, business and the media • You may have studied at any university • You may have studied at degree level • You must be able to commit to six months of being mentored in the UK. HOW TO APPLY Eligible candidates would need to submit an application form by 5:00pm on Friday, March 27th 2020. Those that are shortlisted will be invited for a short telephone interview. Following the interview, successful candidates will be contacted and matched with an appropriate mentor for the programme. Prior to starting the programme, you would have a briefing call with our Programme Manager who will discuss your personal goals for the programme. To apply, please complete the online application form here. If you have any questions regarding the application process then please contact our Programme Manager on [email protected].