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New grant scheme for entry level graduates

The Book Trade Charity (BTBS), as part of its closer collaboration with the Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust (MHCT), announced the first phase of a new pilot project aimed at encouraging talented younger people into the book trade though a programme of grants.

The initial phase will help those who are unable to get a foot into the industry where financial pressure means that they are unable to pay for travel, subsistence, overnight accommodation or even suitable clothing for interviews.  The scheme is available for under 30’s, who are resident in the UK, applying for a job in the UK Book Trade, primarily but not exclusively in publishing, who can demonstrate a financial need.

Grants of up to £1,000 will be available quickly to those eligible for the scheme.

The grants programme will then extend to cover support for appropriate internships later in the year.

BTBS will welcome applications either by the applicants or from companies, trade bodies or others acting on behalf of the applicant.  Further information and guidelines can be found at https://www.btbs.org/?p=560  or by emailing info@btbs.org

Quote from David Hicks – Chief Executive, BTBS:

“The Book Trade Charity traces its roots back to 1837 and Victorian philanthropy, but we are keen to support the trade in ways which are relevant today.  This particular programme recognises that it is difficult for young people to get a foot on the ladder in today’s rapidly-changing industry and we will be delighted if our assistance can help overcome some basis obstacles.”

Quote from Tom Biggs-Davison, Chairman MHCT:

“This innovative project being launched by BTBS deserves support from the trade and we are delighted that the close relationship between MHCT and BTBS will enable this pilot programme to get off the ground; we are sure it will be to the benefit of many young people, and to the trade itself.”

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