The NCTJ works with a number of training providers to deliver apprenticeship training for the Level 3 Junior Journalist apprenticeship standard. The programme is delivered over a recommended minimum 18-month period.
Apprentices have to complete three specific assessments: early formative assessment; core skills; and end-point assessment (EPA).
Early formative assessment is an in-house performance assessment managed by employers and training providers and does not contribute to the final apprenticeship grade.
Apprentices will take the industry-recognised Level 3 Diploma in Journalism for the core skills assessment. Marks gained for the diploma will contribute towards the final apprenticeship grade.
The Diploma in Journalism qualification provides the 'gateway' to the end-point assessment which is completed by apprentices during the final six weeks of the programme. They will produce a work-related project and employers will complete a qualities/behaviours assessment on their behalf. The EPA will contribute to the final apprenticeship grade.
Apprenticeships are awarded an overall Pass/Merit/Distinction grade based on their final mark.
Final marks are awarded as follows:
- Diploma in Journalism - 50 per cent of the apprenticeship
- Work-related project - 40 per cent of the apprenticeship
- Qualities/behaviours - 10 per cent of the apprenticeship
Futher information on the apprenticeship processes and procedures can be found in the document available for download below.
If you like further information on becoming a training provider or you are an employer interested in recruiting an apprentice, please contact Lyn Jones, head of qualifications or Rachel Manby, quality and assessment manager at the NCTJ.