Fifty years of expertise (and counting!)




In the 50 years since we first started out, Trotman has grown to become a renowned publisher with a wide range of titles written by leading contemporary careers education influencers. Since 1969 our main aim has been helping students get the career they want: our products are designed to support them in making informed choices about their futures, and also to aid careers education professionals in providing first class careers guidance.


A sense of heritage and legacy is something that we share with one of our biggest assets: HEAP Degree Course Offers. Started by Brian Heap in the 1960s, the initial idea was to clarify what grades universities were expecting from prospective students. This search for transparency in the pre-digital era was pioneering - Brian has spent years in contact with universities to ensure accurate information - and the book is still a staple in secondary schools today. In 2019, HEAP was released in its 50th edition.



Trotman’s catalogue has expanded over the years, covering many aspects of the educational and professional worlds - from help with 11+ exams right through to graduate careers and preparing for a successful job application - with books such as How to Write a Winning UCAS Personal Statement, What Employers Want and Work Your Way around the World just some of the stops along the way. Another recent hit was 2018’s Careers Leaders Handbook by Tristram Hooley and David Andrews, which details key skills, strategies and best-practice for staff members new to the careers education field.


Over the last 20 years, Trotman has worked to update its offerings in an ever-changing world. HEAP Online was launched in the early 2000s, and we developed Career Learning to provide a bank of careers education lessons to non-specialists. In 2018, these two core products formed the basis for our next project: Indigo. Combining HEAP Online, Career Learning and data from our popular Careers book (now in its 16th year) with information on the UK’s universities and management tools for staff, our newest product aims to provide a comprehensive platform for schools to deliver careers education and meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.