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The NCTJ has a dedicated team of staff based in a converted granary in the lovely North Essex village of Newport, near Saffron Walden. We have a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture.

Everyone is very committed to the organisation’s values, achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. All staff are flexible in their approach and adaptable to change. As a charity, we are cost conscious and efficient. We take great care over recruitment and training as we regard our staff as vital to our success.

The NCTJ is an equal opportunities employer and believes in investing in staff.

We also employ examiners and rely on volunteers who are committed to professional journalism and our charitable activities.



This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced administrator to develop a career at the UK media industry’s journalism training charity and awarding organisation.

We are passionate about high standards of journalism and the importance of best practice. This could be your chance to help us ensure our apprenticeships are administered to the highest professional standards. It is an exciting time to be joining the NCTJ as we broaden our customer base and apprenticeship provision.

In return for your commitment and hard work, we will provide a competitive salary, a great working environment and help to develop your skills and experience.

Key responsibilities
The apprenticeship co-ordinator will be responsible for the efficient administration of NCTJ end-point assessments. This new role involves working closely with assessors, apprentices, employers and training centres to ensure smooth delivery of apprenticeship assessments and to provide outstanding customer service.

Skills and experience
Some relevant work experience in education, training and/or business administration is essential for this role. Candidates with experience of co-ordinating apprenticeships and end-point assessments and an understanding of apprenticeship frameworks, standards and regulatory requirements are preferred. You’ll love this job if you have an interest in the broad education and training landscape including industry and sectoral trends.

The post-holder will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and build relationships with new and diverse stakeholders. We are looking for people who are good at the detail, have excellent organisational skills and experience of project management and the ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and prioritise. Keeping accurate records and documented audit trails are vital skills. Knowledge of quality assurance processes would be an advantage.

We need people with computer skills (MS Office and databases) who are confident using technology and also have good written English skills.

Remuneration and benefits
For this full-time post the NCTJ offers a competitive salary of c£25,000 depending on experience and further training and career development opportunities.

Other benefits include 25 days of paid holiday per annum, company bonus scheme, free life cover and a matched pension contribution of five per cent of salary.

Working environment
The NCTJ has a friendly working environment with a team-working and goal-orientated culture. All our team members are committed to achieving high standards and implementing new ways of working. We are flexible and adaptable to change. We promote work-life balance and support staff who have family responsibilities and particular needs.

Reporting to the assessment manager, the successful candidate will work closely with the other members of the awarding team and will liaise with our centres, candidates and employers.

The role is located at the NCTJ’s offices in Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex.

Application process
Your full curriculum vitae and covering letter, detailing why you would like to be considered for the position and stating your current salary, should be addressed to Alison Puttock, assessment manager.

Applications should be sent to as soon as possible.

Further information
Please see the job description for further details about the role and our website for information about the NCTJ.

Please apply as soon as possible and before the closing date of Monday, 4 September 2023.

Further information
Please see the full job description and further information about the NCTJ on our website.


Finance and audit committee

The NCTJ has experienced considerable growth in recent years, and its finances are becoming more complex. We have therefore established a finance and audit committee (FAC) to formalise and extend the role and remit of the audit committee which met annually to oversee the external audit.

The purpose of the FAC is to assist the directors in fulfilling their obligations and oversight responsibilities specifically relating to financial planning, the audit process, financial reporting, the system of controls and risk management, and to make recommendations to the directors.

We are looking to appoint at least two additional external members (ie those who are not directors of the NCTJ). External members should bring an appropriate range of financial, risk, compliance and audit management skills and experience to the FAC.

The committee normally meets four times a year, and additionally as required.

Expressions of interest in joining the FAC can be made at any time by emailing the chief executive Joanne Butcher:

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