The Penguin Group is collectively the second largest trade book publisher in the world, behind Random House. "The Penguin Group" is the name of the unincorporated division of the parent Pearson PLC that oversees these publishing operations. Penguin Books has its registered office in City of Westminster, London, England.Its United States arm is Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Its British division is Penguin Books Ltd. The Irish division is Penguin Ireland, the New Zealand division is Penguin Group (NZ), the Indian division is Penguin Books, the Australian division is Penguin Group (Australia). In Canada Penguin operates as a division of Pearson Canada Inc. There are also Penguin Group (China) and Penguin Group (South Africa).Penguin Books Ltd. (est. 1935) of the United Kingdom was bought over by Pearson Longman in 1970.Penguin Group (USA) Inc. was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between Penguin Books USA and the Putnam Berkley Group. The newly formed company was originally called Penguin Putnam Inc., but in 2003 changed its name to Penguin Group (USA) Inc. to reflect the parent Pearson PLC's grouping of all the Penguin companies worldwide under the supervisory umbrella of Pearson's own Penguin Group division.The different Penguin companies use many imprints, many of which used to be independent publishers. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. also operates its own speaker's bureau that books speaking engagements for many of the publisher's authors.
Attracting and hiring great people is a major concern for any creative business. Penguin have been working at this, thinking carefully about what to offer graduates looking for their first step into the publishing industry and developing a better understanding of what really makes a difference for the business and the people who work here. 2005 has seen three really exciting developments for Penguin's graduate recruitment.
Firstly, they recruited five people into the Graduate Development Programme; having only recruited two graduates for each of the previous years. Secondly - and this was a pleasant surprise - Penguin was nominated as the highest new entry into The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.
Most importantly, Penguin have broadened their horizons and looked for ways to ensure that every graduate joining Penguin receives the opportunities, support and training that was historically the preserve of the Graduate Programme. Given that they recruit about 50 graduates a year into entry level positions, Penguin would be missing a trick if they continued to limit their investment of time, training and support to only a handful of grads on a programme.
About the Graduate Development Programme
Penguin wants to develop individuals who will inspire people and understand what it takes to motivate and lead others. They will support you in developing these abilities. In addition, Penguin wants you to develop a deep understanding of their business. They believe that you will have greater success in your role if you have a good grasp of the different aspects of publishing and how they fit together.
The Graduate Development Programme has been designed to give you broad exposure to the business whilst you are learning in your functional role (E.g., marketing, sales, editorial, design, finance, or production).
The placements and experiences you undertake during the programme will be tailored to the core functional area you are recruited to and to your individual learning and development. The recruitment process helps them (and you) identify and understand your development needs.
Included is an assessment centre, which is designed to allow you to demonstrate your potential in a practical way and measure your performance against the aptitudes and capabilities, required for the role. The information generated from this centre will then form the basis of your detailed development plan
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