Publishing professional apprenticeship

Support key parts of the publishing process from the conception to production.

Publishing professionals play a crucial role at various stages of the publishing process. As a publishing professional apprentice, you could be involved in developing books, digital products, journals, or educational resources, and overseeing their production and distribution. Typically, publishing professionals are engaged in various aspects of the publishing process, including editorial work, marketing, sales, publicity, production, rights management, or digital initiatives. In smaller organizations, you may have the opportunity to contribute to multiple stages of the process. During the publishing professional apprenticeship, your duties may encompass tasks such as editing, proofreading, and liaising with external stakeholders regarding your work and that of your colleagues. Typically, you’ll be accountable to an editorial manager. Job titles within different organizations may vary and could include roles such as editorial assistant, marketing assistant, publicity assistant, production assistant, rights assistant, or contracts assistant.


Duration: 24 months 

Relevant school subjects: English, Business, Languages 

Entry requirements for the publishing professional apprenticeship: Varies by employer, but likely 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications or experience. 

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree 

Potential salary upon completion: £24,000 

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