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We were founded 180 years ago as a benevolent society to help those who had been employed in the book trade but had fallen on hard times. This was before State provided pensions and health care when people who had been in employment often needed help and ‘provident’ societies specific to particular trades and industries were a common thing.
As the trade has evolved over the years so have we. We still offer support to those who have worked in the trade and need our help but we also offer support to those looking to enter the industry.
We believe that it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to pursue a career in the book trade regardless of their situation so offer support for those who would otherwise be unable to take up opportunities for interviews, internships and training.
Our support & Your Eligibility
We offer financial support to help cover the costs associated with attending interviews and undertaking internships. In addition, we can offer support whilst undertaking study or professional development, including Masters programmes, though this doesn’t normally include the cost of courses or tuition.
For interviews we ask for:
- the offer of an interview in writing (copy of letter or email)
- cost of travel/subsistence etc that we are being asked to consider
For internships we ask for:
- the offer of a placement in writing (copy of letter or email)
- any terms & conditions relating to the internship
- a breakdown of anticipated income/expenditure for the duration of the internship
Application & Funding
There are two parts to the process: proving eligibility and applying for specific funding.
You can get approval for funding at any time (though if there is a long time between your first being approved and applying for specific funding we will ask for up to date bank statements). So when you first start applying for jobs or internships you can get provisional approval for funding in anticipation that you will receive an offer that you will need support for. When you have an offer of an interview or internship we would then ask for further information about your offer and costs.
Or you may apply for eligibility and funding at the same time, once you’ve received an offer of an interview of internship.
If you’re applying for support for training it’s a slightly different process, please get in touch direct.
Please tell us what you’re applying for funding for ie interview, internship etc and we’ll guide you through the process, if necessary.
If you’re applying for a specific opportunity you have an offer of interview or internship for then please make that clear and let us know any key dates.
Once I’ve been approved
Support for Interviews
We are keen to support candidates until they get a position within the book trade, however our funds are not unlimited so there may come a point at which we have to prioritise new applicants.
We do not want to encourage exploitation, so will only offer support for legal, genuine opportunities. We can therefore offer support for paid internships, for short unpaid work experience placements (usually no more than two weeks) or for unpaid internships as part of a course. Any other unpaid work cannot be supported.
Training & study support
Society of Young Publishers (SYP), Publishing Training Centre, or Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).
As everything is assessed on a case by case basis in this area we would encourage you to get in touch with specifics about your needs.
However, normal precautions should be taken to avoid issues such as blocked drains or toilets; heating should be left on low during winter months, even if unoccupied, to prevent burst pipes etc. A member of staff will be able to offer guidance.