The new trailblazer level 3 apprenticeship standard for a junior journalist is now available. For a minimum 18 months duration, all new apprentices will complete the Diploma in Journalism as a mandatory requirement as well as producing a work-related project towards the end of the scheme. The NCTJ is recognised by the Skills Funding Agency as an assessment organisation and is ready to assess the end-point assessments.

An apprenticeship as a junior journalist is aimed at those who want to develop a career in journalism by combining learning at college with on-the-job training.

It is a professional, vocational training scheme that doesn’t compromise on the exacting standards that are vital in modern newsrooms. The NCTJ didn’t receive any government funding to develop this apprenticeship.

There was wide support from within the industry for the NCTJ to introduce apprenticeships to help editors recruit local people to their newsrooms and to help ensure recruits reflect the social and ethnic mix of their communities.

An apprenticeship provides an alternative but demanding route into a competitive industry and suits those who want to earn while they learn.