INTRODUCTION TO THE PR & COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING PROGRAMME 

The Taylor Bennett Foundation award-winning PR & Communications Training Programme is a full-time training course in Public Relations (PR) and communications, designed to equip participants with the relevant knowledge, insights and networks to start a career in the PR and communications industry.

Our training programme is designed to directly address the need for greater ethnic diversity in the Public Relations (PR) and communications industry and is open to graduates from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background.


APPLICATIONS FOR OUR AUTUMN PR TRAINING PROGRAMME HAVE NOW CLOSED.

The autumn programme is sponsored by Finsbury Glover Hering, who have been sponsoring the programme since 2013.

What is the PR & Communications Training programme?

The training programme (sponsored by Finsbury Glover Hering) is an in-person, eight-week intensive PR and Communications training programme. Due to the impact of COVID-19, it is yet to be decided if the autumn 2021 programme will be delivered remotely or partly office based in London. Subject to government guidelines, we will keep applicants updated.

Who are Finsbury Glover Hering?

Finsbury Glover Hering is a leading global strategic communications and public affairs consultancy, helping clients navigate complex environments. 

Finsbury Glover Hering helps boards, C-suites and other senior leaders at public and private companies, leading institutions and non-profits harness the power of communications to capture strategic opportunity and overcome critical business and reputational challenges.

About the PR & Communications Training Programme

The training 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:

  • Workshops and training in all services offered by Finsbury Glover Hering including financial communications, corporate campaigning, public affairs, crisis management and M&A.
  • Learning how companies reach and engage their stakeholders, the UK media and digital channels and other PR skills.
  • Masterclasses: weekly masterclasses (webinars and visits) take place with a variety of agencies and in-house communication’s teams
  • Training courses and webinars via the CIPR and PRCA.
  • Writing tasks – conducting daily newspaper summaries of the broadsheets, mid-market tabloids and the red tops. Writing press releases and maintaining a blog which looks at prominent issues and case studies within the industry.
  • Presenting – presenting campaigns and research topics to a variety of audiences
  • Expert careers coaching to help you plan your future in the communications industry

The traineeships are paid - £292.60 per week training allowance – TAX AND NI EXEMPT (take-home pay is equivalent to your age and the National Minimum Wage) + a Zone 1-3 travelcard in London*.

*Travel expenses will only be reimbursed if in-person travel is required. 

Will I secure a job when the programme finishes?

Whilst jobs are not guaranteed, there is a strong possibility of employment opportunities after the programme.

We have an excellent track record of helping graduates of the training programme get into work. In 2019 100% of the PR Trainees went straight into employment or a fixed term contract, many were with their sponsoring agencies.

Overall, 62% of our alumni are still working in communications [2018 survey].

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.
  • Clear interest in the PR and Communications industry (especially corporate and financial communications)

Eligibility

  • You must be from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background.
  • You must be a graduate and graduated within the last three years. We will accept applications from graduates who have studied any subject.
  • You must have graduated with a 2.1
  • You must be strongly interested in pursuing a career in Public Relations (PR) and communications.
  • You must be a British national or have an immigration status that allows you to be employed in the UK at the end of the programme.
  • You must be able to commit to the full programme (Monday-Friday 09.30am-5.30pm).

Applications that do not meet our eligibility criteria will not be accepted.

I am so grateful to the TBF for this experience: it has been such an amazing opportunity. Through the programme, I have gained a range of helpful connections and an array of skills, including strategic thinking and media knowledge. I have also increased my confidence through the programme. At the beginning, I had a limited understanding of PR and communications and was consequently uncertain about whether I was suited to the industry.
Garnering crucial insights and developing relevant skills across the programme has given me confidence in my ability to make unique contributions within the industry and to have a positive impact. Now, I am excited by the prospect of working in the PR and communications industry thanks to the training the TBF have provided.
Jenna, PR Trainee”
You can learn more about the commonly asked questions regarding the programme here.

How do I apply?

Applications for our autumn programme have now closed.

Eligible graduates need to submit an application form by 11.59pm Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. 

What happens next?

For those that have applied within the deadline, shortlisted applicants will be invited to take part in an initial interview with the Foundation (on the week commencing September20th 2021). If successful, you will be invited to attend our pre-assessment briefing (September 24th, 2021) and assessment day (October 1st, 2021). 

Successful graduates will then join the eight-week programme from Monday, October 11th - Friday, December 3rd 2021.

If you have any queries about the Training programme or application process, then please contact [email protected]