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Publishing Traineeship, And Other Stories - Sheffield

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Employer: RISE SCR

RISE Sheffield City Region is a major city region-wide initiative to increase graduate employment in small and medium sized enterprises. The city region covers: Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. RISE SCR is a collaboration between city region partners, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the private sector.
Job details:
How would we sum it up?
If you are excited about literary publishing, and are from a black, Asian, minority ethnic or an underprivileged (low-income) or marginalised background (full criteria below) and are looking to begin a career in the creative industries, then the And Other Stories’ one-year Publishing Traineeship could be for you. Starting June 2018, And Other Stories will hire one Publishing Trainee each year to give people from backgrounds who are not traditionally represented within publishing a fantastic kick-start to their career. In your traineeship you will have the chance to learn about different areas of an independent publishing business and the wider publishing industry, develop your professional network, and improve your chances of future employability. You will also get the opportunity to go on secondment to other amazing literary businesses in the Sheffield City Region.

What’s the organisation all about?
The business is And Other Stories, a not-for-profit literary publishing house that is developing a reputation for innovation and success. The business wants you to be a part of a new chapter in their story and to get a foot in the door of publishing. The business took on Nichola Smalley in her first publishing job as trainee publicist in May 2015, and she is now a highly valued member of the team; similarly the aim of this programme is to keep trainees on at end of the training year when possible, or to help them find other publishing work opportunities through our knowledge of the industry. As a Community Interest Company, And Other Stories lives by its values – directed by its supporters, ecologically-minded and sustainable, and promoting diversity in publishing, to name just a few! Find out more at

What are all the practical details?
Fixed-term salary: £12,000 over the course of the internship (£18,000 pro rata)
Location: Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 1XZ
Start date: May/June 2018
Length of internship: Either 12 months, 3 days per week, or 9 months, 4 days per week

This is the first year-long paid affirmative action apprenticeship, traineeship or entry-level job to be based in the North of England and also the first created by an independent publishing house. The programme is partly financed by the Arts Council England thanks to National Portfolio Organisation funding.

What else do you get as a RISE Graduate?
If you are lucky enough to secure one of the RISE roles you won’t just be getting a job. You will be getting access to some of the best training and professional networking with senior leaders in the city, giving you a fantastic opportunity to develop quickly and accelerate your career, including:
• Feedback from your interview and assessment centre
• A launch event and ongoing training programme with other graduates across the city
• Six months free membership of the JCI (Junior Chamber International)
• Access to self-development materials

Sound good to you? Then it’s time to RISE
If you love the sound of this role, then this is your opportunity to RISE to the challenge. Just fill in an on-line application form for this role, choosing reference RISE15-10. But if it’s not for you – can you think of someone this job could be perfect for? If so please do forward the details on to them!
Role responsibilities
What would you be doing?
Whilst the job will cover all areas, there will be a focus on marketing and sales work locally and nationally and you must be willing to talk about the publishing house on the phone and in person. There will be a structured approach to your traineeship so that you receive a general overview, then focus on one area of publishing after another each month. The areas and kinds of training and work include:
• editorial, e.g. proofreading a text for our blog (but remember: publishing is not all about editorial work!)
• marketing, e.g. events organisation and flyer distribution
• production, e.g. liaising with the printers
• design, e.g. helping to research and develop a cover design brief
• sales, e.g. befriending shops that may want to sell our books
• contracts, e.g. preparing a draft contract
• funding, e.g. preparing translation funding applications
• admin/office, e.g. ordering office supplies and organising the office
Person specification
What type of person are they looking for?
We welcome your application if you meet one of the following criteria:
• are from a low-income background (if your parents/guardians have non-professional occupations and/or you have received free school meals whilst aged 13-16 and/or you are of the first generation in your family to go to university)
• are from an under-represented ethnic group (BAME, refugees, Roma and Traveller communities)
• are disabled
• have or have had caring responsibilities as a young adult

The successful person for the role will:
• Have a love of literary fiction and an interest in the publishing industry
• Be confident with phone and in-person communication
• Be organised and careful with details
Degree: Any degree discipline.
Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Salary: £12,000 over the course of the internship (£18,000 pro rata)
Advertised until: Closed Sun 08-Apr-2018
Job ref: GY/52203/RISE15-10
Eligibility: Candidates must, by the start of their employment, have permission to work in the UK

Strictly no agencies

This vacancy has now closed.