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Hachette UK mentorships target diversity among senior management team

In the UK, Hachette is introducing a diverse leaders mentoring scheme to target diversity in its senior management team, reports the Bookseller. The scheme is designed to give ‘up-and-coming stars from non-traditional publishing backgrounds the skills and confidence to rise up in the business’. After a ‘rigorous’ selection process, successful candidates will be paired with a Hachette UK Board member for a program of one-to-one mentoring. It’s one of four measures launched as part of the publisher’s Changing the Story program, which sets out to make Hachette ‘the publisher and employer of choice for all people’ regardless of age, disability, race, gender, sexuality or socio-economic background. Other measures include an upcoming paid work experience scheme for up to 15 people on eight-week long internships; paid, year-long internship for black, Asian and other non-white ethnic minority (BAME) candidates; and the introduction of the Outreach Program which will see the company work with students of ‘all ages from all walks of life’ with the aim of increasing literacy levels.


Category: International news