Duke of York to address regional editors about apprenticeships

The Duke of York will be promoting journalism apprenticeships at the Society of Editors regionals’ seminar in April.

Prince Andrew will be addressing regional editors as part of a panel on apprentices. He will be joined by: Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ; Doug Wills, managing editor of The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard; and apprentices from the London Evening Standard and The KM Group. The session will be chaired by Peter Cole, emeritus professor of journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Doug Wills was one of the first employers to be involved in developing journalism apprenticeships and currently employs three apprentices across The Independent titles, while Prince Andrew is patron of the London Evening Standard’s Ladder for London campaign and a strong supporter of vocational training.

The NCTJ and employers in the media industry developed the first apprenticeship in Journalism, which is currently being piloted by Archant London, BBC radio, The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday, the KM Group and the London Evening Standard. These employers, together with BskyB, ITN, Johnston Press and Newsquest, are also part of the government’s new trailblazer apprenticeship scheme. They will be developing new apprenticeship standards that will deliver the quality skills employees need to achieve excellence in the workplace. 

The one-day seminar will take place at the Forest of Arden Hotel in the West Midlands on Monday, 7 April 2014.