Funding band set for senior journalist apprenticeship standard

The new apprenticeship standard for a senior journalist and assessment plan is now ready to use by employers and training providers.

The Secretary of State for Education has approved the funding band for training and assessment costs, which is set at a limit of £14,000 per apprentice.

The standard includes the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) as a mandatory ‘gateway’ qualification and the NCTJ is working towards gaining approval to become an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for the new standard.

Toby Granville, editorial development director for Newsquest and chairman of the journalism ‘trailblazer’ group said: “I am delighted we have finally got this over the line. It’s taken a while to get there but it means that we will now have a full three-year gold standard apprenticeship programme managed by the NCTJ.

“As well as supporting graduate entry, this new programme will also take school leavers — with no formal journalism training or needing any kind of degree — on a journey from trainee to NQJ-qualified senior.

“I hope this will succeed in removing some of the barriers in bringing more diversity into the industry.”

For further information on the standard or the NQJ, please contact Lyn Jones, head of qualifications at the NCTJ.