The Student Council enables NCTJ students and apprentices from across the UK, to communicate their views on journalism training through their elected student representatives.
Each year, students on NCTJ-accredited courses and apprenticeship training programmes elect someone to take the position of student representative. This student maintains contact with the NCTJ, keeping the organisation informed of developments at their university, college or private provider. Student representatives are also kept informed of developments at the NCTJ, and are a vital link between the charity and all students.
Each student representative is invited to an annual Student Council meeting. Transparency is a core value of the NCTJ and the Student Council is one opportunity for the charity to uphold this value. All representatives attending the council ask their fellow students for their views and NCTJ staff, including the chairman and the chief executive, attend the council and answer questions from the representatives.
The council also provides a forum for students to discuss aspects of the industry’s training scheme and contribute to its ongoing development. It is also a networking opportunity for students, as experienced journalists are involved in the day, sharing a wealth of insider knowledge.
This year, remote Student Council events will take place for students in each sector:
Friday, 12 February - undergraduates
Wednesday, 10 March - postgraduates
Friday, 26 March - FE and independent
Tuesday, 20 April - apprentices