NOTE: The junior journalist standard is currently under review by the employer 'trailblazer' group, facilitated by the NCTJ. An updated apprenticeship standard and assessment plan will be published before the end of the year.
The apprenticeship standard for a junior journalist is an industry-designed training scheme offering a career path into journalism.
It includes a recommended training period of 18 months, during which time apprentices must complete the NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism before progressing to the apprenticeship’s end-point assessment (EPA).
The EPA consists of a work-related project and an assessment of an apprentice's qualities/behaviours. This assessment is completed during the final six weeks of the apprenticeship programme. The NCTJ is an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver the end-point assessment for this standard.
Former journalism apprentice with the KM Group, Josie Hannett, has gone on to become producer of Kent Tonight, an hour-long news programme every evening on local station KMTV.
Speaking to the NCTJ, she said: "The apprenticeship scheme has accelerated my career hugely and I couldn't be more grateful. I had the best experience and was given a massive opportunity and hands-on experience which helped me develop in my career. I got a gold standard NCTJ diploma which I needed for my job and the experience I got during the apprenticeship made my NCTJ lessons so much easier and relatable."
The junior journalist scheme is also appropriate for employers wishing to recruit an apprentice to work in range of settings such as a press office, PR agency, or communications role where journalism skills are required.