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AOP joins Publishing Skills Group

AOP has joined the Publishing Skills Group (PSG), an alliance of trade associations and training organisations across the book, journal, magazine, newspaper and online publishing sectors. The PSG aims to promote and improve education, training and development and to anticipate future skills needs within the industry as a whole. It will act as a strategic forum to discuss the industry's training needs and provide a focus for best practice and exchange of ideas.

The PSG will maintain contact with Government and, where appropriate, work to secure funding for training-related initiatives to enhance the performance of people across all aspects of publishing.

Areas on which the PSG will concentrate include:

  • careers promotion
  • recruitment, skills development and retention
  • mapping of existing training provision
  • sharing information
  • promotion and adoption of the Investors in People standard
  • highlighting best practice examples from within the industry and also in other industries
  • provision of a publishing industry portal/website
  • training quality standards and accreditation
  • occupational standards and qualifications - e.g. NVQs, Modern/Graduate Apprenticeships
  • research, statistics and labour market information

PSG Members:

Trade Associations

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers**
Association of Online Publishers*
Directory and Database Publishers Association*
Independent Publishers Guild*
Newsletter Publishers Association*
Newspaper Publishers Association
Newspaper Society*
Periodic al Publishers Association*
Publishers Association
Scottish Newspaper Publishers
Scottish Publishers Association Welsh Books Council

Training Providers

ALPSP Training (ALPSP)
National Council for the Training of Journalists*
Periodicals Training Council (PPA)*
Publishing Training Centre (PA)*
UK Association for Publishing Education*
(n.b. other trade associations also provide training)

** = Chair
* = Committee Member

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