NCTJ Journalism Apprenticeships in Action as Evening Standard Launches Programme for Non-graduates

  • Last updated 13 Jun 2013

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) has opened a rare door for budding young journalists without a degree to break into the media industry with its new apprenticeship scheme. If you think you’ve got a nose for a story and you’ve got what it takes to work for The Evening Standard, The Independent or the BBC then this could be an option for you!


The media has always been a notoriously difficult industry to crack, with the majority of newspapers and broadcasters typically only considering applicants with a university degree – and that’s just as a minimum requirement.

So how are you ever going to pursue a career as a journalist if the university route isn’t for you? Well, there is now a way to get the vital combination of experience and qualifications without forking out for all the fees.

The NCTJ, which sets the industry standard with its qualifications, has introduced a new apprenticeship scheme for talented young people with the potential to be top scribblers to train as journalists. The organisation has developed this programme with some of the country’s biggest media groups.  

What’s on offer?

The Evening Standard & Independent Apprenticeship scheme is now open and ready for its first trainees.

The Evening Standard, which boasts a daily readership of 1.7 million, will offer non-graduates aged 19-24 the opportunity to learn the tricks of the journalism trade in the thick of the newsroom. They’ll gain experience working in print, as well as new digital platforms – vital in the rapidly changing world of media and communications. As part of the structured programme, they will study for an NCTJ certified journalism qualification at Lambeth College.  

Future opportunities will include apprenticeships with The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and BBC Radio.

The Evening Standard and Independent group managing editor, Doug Wills, said: “We are proud to be the first newspaper group to support this NCTJ scheme which will give a unique opportunity for young people of all backgrounds to enter journalism. The Evening Standard Ladder for London campaign to create apprenticeships for youngsters who are finding it increasingly difficult to get jobs has received widespread support. We are delighted that we are now able to create our own apprenticeships with this venture.”

How do I get involved?

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