PRCA donates further free training to Taylor Bennett Foundation Trainee Programme

London, 5th December - The PRCA today announced that it will donate more free training in 2013 as part of its continued support of the Taylor Bennett Foundation’s award winning PR traineeship programme.

The PRCA has now donated almost £15,000 in free training to the foundation since 2011, which forms part of its continued drive to improve social mobility by widening accessibility to the PR industry.

The Taylor Bennett Foundation encourages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic graduates, who are underrepresented according to the PR Census, to pursue a career in public relations. The programme consists of a full-time, ten week, paid training course hosted by some of the top PR organisations in the country, including PRCA members Edelman, MHP, and Talk PR.

Francis Ingham, PRCA Director General, said: “Attracting bright young people from all backgrounds to our industry was a key concern highlighted at our Future of PR Conference this year.

“Our Apprenticeship Scheme and Intern Campaign have shown that there is both an appetite to attract young people to the industry, and no shortage of graduates willing to apply. Our donation will help make a positive contribution towards a more diverse industry.”

Sarah Stimson, Taylor Bennett Foundation Course Director, commented "We are absolutely delighted that the PRCA is continuing to support the Taylor Bennett Foundation.  Their previous training sessions have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our trainees and have been vital in helping to give them the skills they need to embark on careers in communications.  We greatly appreciate that our trainees in 2013 will also benefit from these courses." 


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About the Taylor Bennett Foundation -

Since 2008, Taylor Bennett has been seeking directly to address the need for greater diversity in the communications & PR industry. We have done this through the delivery of a 10 week communications and personal development training programme for black and minority ethnic graduates, specifically designed to strengthen their skills and provide them with a practical understanding of what an entry level communications role would entail.  We have been fortunate to work closely with universities, agencies, in-house communications teams and media owners, and together we are equipping talented individuals with the necessary skills to launch their communications careers. In November 2010 we were thrilled to be awarded the prestigious Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for our work tackling social exclusion.

Companies wishing to support the Foundation can do so by hosting an intern visit at your offices, participating as a guest speaker, making a donation, becoming a mentor or offering work experience. Companies interested in being involved should contact Sarah Stimson on 07739 426358 or

About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, PR freelancers and individuals. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA represents many of the major consultancies in the UK, and currently has more than 300 agency members from around the world, including the majority of the top 150 UK consultancies. We also represent over 100 in-house communications teams from multinationals, UK charities and leading UK public sector organisations.

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