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Taylor Bennett Foundation shuffles the pack to promote Black Asian Minority Ethnic graduates for a career in PR


TBF students record podcast and write this press release on a visit to global B2B PR agency Meantime Communications as part of their studies

 

London, United Kingdom, Wednesday 24th July 2019 – Global B2B Public Relations (PR) consultancy Meantime Communications has welcomed six students from the Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF) as part of their ten-week training program to learn about working in PR.

The Taylor Bennet Foundation offers mentoring, training, and internship opportunities for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates looking for a career in PR.

The PR industry is one of the least diverse sectors in the UK, with only 10 per cent of practitioners coming from BAME backgrounds.

“The skills shortage issue is impacting most industries at the moment, and yet, as business leaders, we so often fail to encourage the next generation,” said Emma Murray, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Meantime Communications.

“The solution is making connections and encouraging and empowering young people from all backgrounds to understand that there is a wealth of opportunity for them.”

Meantime intern, Scarlette Isaac, who is part of Meantime’s Next-gen investment scheme, interviewed the trainees to contribute to a new podcast launched by the consultancy this week, hosted on the blog page at meantime.global, which explores themes around PR innovation and, for the first edition, features an interview with school work experience student, 14-year-old Alfie Pryke.

“If it wasn’t for the Taylor Bennett Foundation, and being given this opportunity to visit a B2B PR Agency, then we, as BAME students, would have little insight regarding the process of breaking into the industry and standing out,” said Louis Lang, TBF trainee.

Graduates of a BAME background are less likely to have contacts and entry level opportunities in the PR industry and TBF has been one of the few organisations created to address this overlooked issue.

“Our candidates want to work in places that are reflective of society, where they can go to work and see people like themselves,” said Melissa Lawrence, CEO, Taylor Bennett Foundation.

“The PR industry can do a lot more to mitigate the lack of diversity in their organisations, but this requires investing time and resources to find out what the issues might be with their particular organisation.”

The TBF flagship trainee scheme consists of a 10-week intensive course for university graduates that includes visiting PR agencies and in-house communications teams to gain first-hand experience.

About Meantime Communications

Meantime is a B2B communications, event, virtual event, design, and social media consultancy, established in 2008 and supporting companies worldwide in the supply chain, transport, tech, and fintech industries.

The Meantime team includes trained journalists and editors and delivers strategic campaigns, working closely with customers to understand outcomes, design outputs, and measure success.

Our experienced team of creative professionals never stops looking for inspiration, underpinned by our Meantime Academy training scheme, powered by the Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA).

We are Chartered Institute of Public Relations and PRCA members adhering to the professional Code of Conduct for both organisations, Living Wage employer (voluntary and based on true living costs), Climate Positive Workforce meaning employee carbon footprint and business travel are offset by planting trees and financing carbon reduction projects globally through Ecologi.

We embrace new ideas and develop solutions to suit all stakeholders including hosting client news portals, which include archives and plain text download features to help journalists, interactive clippings reports including reach, brand mention, and tailored metrics.

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TAYLOR BENNETT FOUNDATION SHUFFLES THE PACK TO PROMOTE BLACK ASIAN MINORITY ETHNIC GRADUATES FOR A CAREER IN PR

TBF students record podcast and write this press release on a visit to global B2B PR agency Meantime Communications as part of their studies

London, UK, Wednesday 24th July 2019 – Global B2B Public Relations (PR) consultancy Meantime Communications has welcomed six students from the Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF) as part of their ten-week training program to learn about working in PR.

The Taylor Bennet Foundation offers mentoring, training, and internship opportunities for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates looking for a career in PR.

The PR industry is one of the least diverse sectors in the UK, with only 10 per cent of practitioners coming from BAME backgrounds.

“The skills shortage issue is impacting most industries at the moment, and yet, as business leaders, we so often fail to encourage the next generation,” said Emma Murray, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Meantime Communications.

“The solution is making connections and encouraging and empowering young people from all backgrounds to understand that there is a wealth of opportunity for them.”

Meantime intern, Scarlette Isaac, who is part of Meantime’s Next-gen investment scheme, interviewed the trainees to contribute to a new podcast launched by the consultancy this week, hosted on the blog page at meantime.global, which explores themes including PR innovation and, for the first edition, an interview with school work experience student, 14-year-old Alfie Pryke.

“If it wasn’t for the Taylor Bennett Foundation, and being given this opportunity to visit a B2B PR Agency, then we, as BAME students, would have little insight regarding the process of breaking into the industry and standing out,” said Louis Lang, TBF trainee.

Graduates of a BAME background are less likely to have contacts and entry level opportunities in the PR industry and TBF has been one of the few organisations created to address this overlooked issue.

“Our candidates want to work in places that are reflective of society, where they can go to work and see people like themselves,” said Melissa Lawrence, CEO, Taylor Bennett Foundation.

“The PR industry can do a lot more to mitigate the lack of diversity in their organisations, but this requires investing time and resources to find out what the issues might be with their particular organisation.”

The TBF flagship trainee scheme consists of a 10-week intensive course for university graduates that includes visiting PR agencies and in-house communications teams to gain first-hand experience.

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About Meantime Communications

Meantime is a B2B communications, event, virtual event, design, and social media consultancy, established in 2008 and supporting companies worldwide in the supply chain, transport, tech, and fintech industries.

The Meantime team includes trained journalists and editors and delivers strategic campaigns, working closely with customers to understand outcomes, design outputs, and measure success.

Our experienced team of creative professionals never stops looking for inspiration, underpinned by our Meantime Academy training scheme, powered by the Public Relations and Communications Agency (PRCA).

We are Chartered Institute of Public Relations and PRCA members adhering to the professional Code of Conduct for both organisations, Living Wage employer (voluntary and based on true living costs), Climate Positive Workforce meaning employee carbon footprint and business travel are offset by planting trees and financing carbon reduction projects globally through Ecologi.

We embrace new ideas and develop solutions to suit all stakeholders including hosting client news portals, which include archives and plain text download features to help journalists, interactive clippings reports including reach, brand mention, and tailored metrics.