The Financial Times to sponsor Creative Access development programme for alumni
According to a recent OFCOM report, employees from an ethnic minority background are less likely to be trained or promoted or be given pay rises. As a result we have formally launched our Development programme which we’re over the moon that the Financial Times are supporting.
Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive of Creative Access said: “We have been working with the FT for several years to identify and place young editorial talent in the newsroom, and we are delighted that they are sponsoring our programme to support young journalists from ethnic minorities progress in their careers. With more diversity at entry level than in senior editorial positions, we are working with our alumni to ensure that when there is a seat around the management table, they are in prime position to take it.”
FT’s deputy managing editor Abbie Scott said: “We’re delighted that the FT’s UK-based board members have all signed up to be mentors on the Creative Access programme. The FT recognises the strength and value of having a diverse workforce and newsroom and we know we still have some way to go. By supporting this initiative we hope to encourage talented journalists to progress within the industry regardless of their background.”
For coverage about the sponsorship in the Press Gazette see here.
If anyone would like to sign up as mentor, there are no criteria for mentors, just as long as you have lots of advice and are willing to commit to opening your networks and spending an hour every month with your mentee. We will provide you with guidance and you’ll be supported throughout the process if any questions arise from the mentorship. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please follow this link to fill out a partnership form and we will do our best to match you as soon as possible.