New recruits begin NCTJ apprenticeship scheme

Eleven journalist apprentices will begin their training at Lambeth College on Friday, 27 September.

Apprentices from Archant London; BBC; I; The Independent; the London Evening Standard and Kent Messenger Group will work together once a week over a two-year period to gain the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism Practice and the apprenticeship certificate. The rest of their time will be spent learning their skills on-the-job with their respective employers.

Roz McKenzie, course leader for the programme at Lambeth College, said: “The journalism department at Lambeth College is delighted to be involved in piloting this exciting new apprenticeship scheme. We are hoping more employers will follow the lead and begin to recruit apprentices.

“Providing an alternative route into journalism should help bring media organisations closer to their readers and listeners through increased representation in the newsroom.”

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism has been developed by the NCTJ and gives employers the opportunity to recruit new talent and develop their journalism skills in-line with the requirements of their news room.

For further information on the scheme please contact Lyn Jones at: lyn.jones@nctj.com

You can read about The Independent’s apprentices here.