The Evening Standard & Independent Journalism Apprenticeship launched is now open for applications. Open to applicants who do not already have an advanced apprenticeship and/or degree level qualification, the programme is designed to offer a structured combination of college-based education and on-the-job experience.
The scheme is particularly keen to recruit candidates from a diverse range of ethnic and social backgrounds.
The apprenticeship will begin in January in the papers West London newsrooms, where you will get a feel for our editorial operation. In February, you will head to Wembley Stadium, London home of UCFB (University College of Football Business), to begin a 20 week, ‘fast-track’ diploma in journalism.
This will involve tuition in all core aspects of newspaper journalism (print and digital), including: news reporting; feature writing; interview techniques; developing stories; shorthand; using social media; and media law and ethics. The course will also ensure that apprentices gain a detailed understanding of how the courts, public services and government in the UK work and how they impact on the public and the media. There will be further work experience during the course.
At the end of the academic course, apprentices will return to the Evening Standard and Independent’s offices and be embedded into our editorial operations, putting the skills they have been taught into practice and learning about the day-to-day reality of being a journalist. This will include researching and producing content for publication. They will be supported by workplace mentors and by their UCFB tutor for the remainder of their apprenticeship, during which they will build up an ‘e-portfolio’ of work and complete an end-point assessment.
The apprenticeship will be completed at the end of 2018.
Apprenticeships will be offered on the basis of a salary of £17,108 p/a.
The closing date for applications is 14 November.