The Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF), a charity set up to tackle the lack of ethnic diversity in the communications industry, is launching its first graduate training programme in Scotland.

Standard Life Aberdeen, along with communications consultancy Charlotte Street Partners, will be lead sponsors. The sponsorship supports our strategy of developing a fully diverse and inclusive workplace.

Participants in the Taylor Bennett programme pose for a group photoTBF works with PR agencies and in-house communications teams to provide intensive training for black and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates. The programme will be its first outside London, providing training for four graduates over five weeks.

The programme is being provided in partnership with Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University, and will be based at their Edinburgh campus. The programme is also supported by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Scotland.

Graeme McEwan, Chief Communications Officer at Standard Life Aberdeen, commented:

"Sponsorship of TBF supports our existing commitment to provide an inclusive workplace that encourages diversity and equality of opportunity. Last year we were named as one of Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race and we will continue to actively encourage people from all backgrounds to consider a role in our industry."

The programme is now calling for applications from BAME graduates from any discipline. It comprises training in all aspects of communications, employability coaching, and training from the course sponsors. Field trips to PR departments in agencies and corporate in-house teams form a key part of the experience. Trainees receive the UK Real Living Wage throughout the course in order to make the programme as accessible as possible.

Anyone interested in applying can find out more at TBF’s website.

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