CIPR and PRCA announce joint initiative with diversity charity Taylor Bennett Foundation

The Taylor Bennett Foundation has strengthened its relationship with the CIPR and PRCA. The membership bodies have offered reduced price membership to the Foundation’s alumni in order to improve access to their services, and build on their commitment to joining forces to tackle the industry’s diversity issues.

The Taylor Bennett Foundation provides traineeships, mentoring, and internships to BAME graduates. Over 200 graduates have been through their traineeship programmes and alumni now work in a variety of in-house comms teams and PR consultancies.

Taylor Bennett Foundation’s Chief Executive, Sarah Stimson, commented: “Access to membership bodies is important if the industry is to improve ethnic diversity. This commitment from the PRCA and CIPR demonstrates the appetite to diversify their membership.”

Matt Cartmell MPRCA, Deputy Director General, PRCA, said: “We are delighted to further strengthen our relationship with the PRCA’s Charity of the Year, the Taylor Bennett Foundation. By offering its alumni a 50% discount off the cost of individual membership, we aim to support more BAME practitioners as they develop their careers as PR and communications professionals. And by making this announcement alongside the CIPR sends a clear signal of the importance of the Foundation to the growing diversity of the industry.”

Sarah Hall MPRCA, CIPR President 2018, said: “Embracing candidates from all backgrounds isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good business sense. The Taylor Bennett Foundation is making a real difference to our industry and the success of their alumni is testament to the Foundation’s outstanding work. The CIPR is privileged to support the Taylor Bennett Foundation and our partnership will grow stronger as we strive towards a more inclusive public relations industry.”


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