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1 March 2017 /

Cambridge opens its doors to schools on World Book Day

This World Book Day, Thursday 2 March, Cambridge University Press is opening its doors to year 10 students from local secondary schools to have an intensive careers ‘speed-networking’ carousel with members of staff.

The students will circulate around groups of CUP staff, who work in many different areas of publishing; communications, design, editorial, legal, marketing, procurement, sales and technology. The day will also include insights into alternative routes into publishing, such as apprenticeships or graduate schemes.

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive at Cambridge University Press will address the students, and welcome them to apply for the Press’s summer work experience programme for schools. He said: “Technology is changing publishing at an unprecedented rate and young people, who have lived their entire lives with digital, can make a real difference. We want to open up the world of publishing this World Book Day to show them how many options there are within this ever-changing industry.”

As well as enabling young people to come to the Cambridge workplace and learn about careers, the day is also an opportunity to pave the way for young people who may be thinking about apprenticeships in the near future. Cambridge University Press was one of the first publishers to offer apprenticeships, and is working with the Publishers Association and other publishers to develop the first Publishing Apprenticeship. 

Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement at Cambridge University Press said: “Many people assume publishing is a bit of a closed shop, but the truth is, we need all kinds of different people and skills. We are partnering with Form the Future to give students a chance to talk to a range of young professionals who took widely varying routes into publishing via school, apprenticeships, university and other industries. 

Form the Future is an organisation which brings schools and businesses across Cambridgeshire together, to challenge students to think broadly and divergently about their future career options and pathways.


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About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English language teaching.

Playing a leading role in today's international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

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About Form the Future

Form the Future’s goal is to open students’ eyes to a wide range of possibilities in our region to challenge them to think broadly and divergently about their future career options and pathways. This will help every young person in the greater Cambridge area move from education into a rewarding and successful career.

To do this, it brings schools and businesses together so students can learn about opportunities in our region and develop the skills to be successful. Meeting and working with professionals is the best way to broaden horizons and help young people prepare for their futures.

Although Form the Future covers all industries, it focuses on companies in growth sectors, tackling the skills shortages that hold businesses back and increasing students’ chances of getting into work. It works with all ages from primary school through sixth-forms and FE, both state and independent schools.

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