Do you care about what goes on around you and want to make a difference? Then Newsquest Media Group needs you. We have a number of Apprentice Journalism opportunities to work from our newsrooms across the UK. Previous experience or education is not essential.
Closing date: 18 Dec 2023
The National Apprenticeship Wage will apply for the 1st year.
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).
Total hours per week: 37.5
Possible start date
02 Jan 2024
23 Oct 2023
Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)
What you will do in your working day
- We need an enthusiastic, committed person who will want to learn all the skills of a journalist here in our exciting newsroom.
- You will be educated to at least good-level GCSE English and Maths and have a keen interest in local and national news. You should also have good social media and digital skills.
- The successful candidate will join our skilled team of reporters. As well as working from our newsrooms, you will attend college to learn shorthand, law and other journalism skills in a course accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, to achieve the NCTJ Diploma as part of the Apprenticeship. Employment is on a fixed term basis for 18 months for the duration of the Apprenticeship.
- No previous experience is needed but you will need to demonstrate natural initiative to find stories and write to a good, clear accurate standard as well as be capable of working in a fast-paced deadline driven environment.
The training you will be getting
- Level 5 Journalist - 4 days with employer and day release at College
- Location – Various locations across the UK
- Working 5 days per week inclusive of 1 day release for study with Darlington College
What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship
On successful completion of the Level 5 Journalist Apprenticeship, you will achieve the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, along with shorthand which is the standard route into the industry and will enable you to apply for roles within the industry. You may also progress your career with Newsquest as a apprentice with more training for a further 18 months and take the Level 7 Journalist Apprenticeship which will qualify you as a senior journalist and the NQJ qualification, all whilst working alongside other journalists and having the opportunity to contribute news to our various media platforms.
Benefits of the job:
- 6.6 weeks annual leave
- Birthday off
- Cycle to work scheme
- Employee rewards program
- Cinema vouchers
- Discounted gym membership
- High-street vouchers
- Virgin Media discount
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
Things to consider
About the employer
Adjustments for experience
You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:
- qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
- industry or sector experience
Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)
If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.
You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications
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