Publishing Assistant Apprentice

BMJ Publishing

Main Description

BMJ seeks an enthusiastic individual to join its flagship publication, The BMJ, at apprentice level. This is an exciting opportunity to work with various teams (editorial, production, multimedia, and others) learning about and helping with the end-to-end publication process of a weekly print magazine and online international journal. 20% of the role holder’s week will be devoted to course work.

Key Responsibilities


The role will be wide-ranging and evolve as the role-holder gains knowledge - tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing/circulating documentation for editorial meetings, participating in meetings, taking notes and following up on actions
  • Updating article status on pre- and post-acceptance tracking systems to ensure smooth flow of copy
  • Liaising with prospective authors and commissioning editors regarding article guidelines, deadlines and conflicts of interest
  • Preparing accepted articles for additional work by technical editors in preparation for publication
  • Data entry and desk research
  • Assisting the Data Graphics Designer with the infographics process
  • Assisting with departmental activities such as event organisation
  • Helping to cover for absent colleagues with related roles
  • Studying for the Publishing Assistant apprenticeship course (

Entry requirements

All you need is EEWAP – Energy, Enthusiasm, Willingness to Learn, Ability to Take Feedback and Propensity to Take Action. You’ll also need to pass a face to face screening interview with our Employer Partnerships team (don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch) and sit initial assessments in Maths and English.

Skills Required

Relevant skills

  • Microsoft office suite - intermediate level
  • Google tools - intermediate levelĀ 
  • Data gathering and analysis would be an advantage


BMA House Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JR





(S3) Publishing Assistant


Lvl 3 Publishing Apprenticeship

Training delivery site

Lansdowne, 278-280 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1UJ

Possible Start Date



15 months

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