Penguin Random House supports King’s College’s K+ scheme to equip young people for their future careers

Over the past year, Penguin Random House Children’s has been building a partnership with King’s College’s Widening Participation K+ scheme. The K+ scheme is designed to equip young people from non-selective state schools in London with the skills to make a successful transition to university and beyond to brilliant careers. 

We have worked with the programme’s literature and languages AS-level students to select books for their book club (read their reviews of In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda and Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit here) and the students were delighted to meet Gavriel when he came over from the US to promote the book. 

In March, we opened the doors of our Vauxhall Bridge Road office to give the students a flavour of what life at Penguin Random House UK is like, the variety of roles available, and the different routes into our company. 

The first session of the day on CV skills was presented by a careers expert from King’s. Then Candice Brown-Brathwaite, Olivia Thomas, Maddie Hanson and Kate Sinclair, the first-ever cohort of The Scheme, gave an introduction to Penguin Random House UK. They challenged the students to come up with a marketing campaign for one of a number of Penguin Random House UK’s Alice in Wonderland anniversary editions. 

Students from the K+ scheme at the Vauxhall Bridge Road office 

The students worked in groups to create unique plans to advertise their chosen products – and our colleagues were so impressed by the campaigns created that they awarded prize goody-bags (Penguin tote bags and copies of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave) to not one, but two of the groups for their comprehensive plans and daring ideas, which included a travelling tea party and a subversive campaign focusing on the story’s counter-culture appeal. 

The day also included a speed-networking session with Penguin Random House UK colleagues. Each of the students left with a copy of Jamal Edwards’ Self Belief: The Vision. 

At the end of the day one student commented: “I learned that career paths aren’t scary to immerse yourself in, and that you can get to where you want as long as you are willing to try. I got so much information about publishing and the different roles involved. I’d really consider working in this field.” 

Find out more about how Penguin Random House UK is working to make publishing more inclusive by 2020 here.

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