The Usborne Academy Week is an opportunity for eight people from diverse backgrounds and groups currently under-represented in publishing to spend a week at Usborne and find out about children's publishing.
The first Usborne Academy took place on 13–17th August 2018. The Usborne Academy 8 experienced daily life in a range of different departments including design, editorial, foreign rights, foreign editions, production, sales, marketing and digital. There were also lunchtime seminars from senior people and evening social events including a pub quiz to meet other Usborne staff.
To make this opportunity accessible to people from across the UK, Usborne provides travel expenses and accommodation in nearby university halls, along with a one-week Zone 1-2 travel card so the UA8 can make the most of what London has to offer while they are here. They are paid the London Living Wage for the full 40-hour week.
An Usborne designer at work
For me, the Usborne Academy isn't about getting people to apply for jobs at Usborne - or even in children's publishing more generally. It's about sharing with them how important it is to find something that you love, that you can do for the rest of your life and never get bored. Peter Usborne, Founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing
If you feel this is something you or someone you know could benefit from, and you'd like to hear about plans for 2019, sign up for news and updates on our Usborne Academy mailing list.
Read more about one of the UA8's experience of the Usborne Academy on the Society of Young Publishers website.
Tweets from three of the Usborne Academy 8:
So I’m on the train home after an absolutely incredible week at Usborne! I can’t quite articulate just how insightful and informative the whole week was but what I do know for sure is that it has given me the children’s publishing bug ... (1/3)— Niki Torch (@NIKIT101) August 18, 2018
Wow what a week it’s been with @Usborne I’ve had the most amazing time being a part of #UA8 and getting some fountain of knowledge from some great people @beret_girl @AnnaHoworth @Walker_Becky @Be_Lucky_Lauren and the rest of the wonderful staff— Angharad Mair (@AngharadMair1) August 17, 2018
I’d love to thank @AnnaHoworth for organising such a wonderful week and ensuring that we were all accommodated and fed during our breakfast and lunches! Plus, it was just awesome to get to know her and learn about the marketing side of the publishing business!— Joel🤴🏽~ Semi-Hiatus (@JoelRochesterr) August 18, 2018
Find out more about the UA8's experience of the Usborne Academy on our blog.