Candidates Programmes Mentoring Mentoring 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 2021 and Autumn 2021). Applications are now closed for our spring programme. To register your interest in applying for the autumn cohort, please complete our short form here. 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 includes 1-2-1 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 Applications are now closed for our spring programme. Applications for the autumn PR Mentoring programme will open later this year. To register your interest in applying for the autumn cohort, please complete our short form here and when applications open, we will send you an email notification.