The Evening Standard & Independent Apprenticeship Scheme


The Scheme

The new Evening Standard & Independent Apprenticeship scheme is offering three vacancies, to be filled by 19-24 year olds. The scheme is not open to individuals who hold a degree level qualification or who already have an Advanced Apprenticeship. 

Each apprenticeship, run in conjunction with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, will begin in September 2013 and be completed in the summer of 2015. Successful candidates will attend Lambeth College in London one day each week during term time to undertake class-based learning. This will involve tuition in all core aspects of newspaper journalism (print and digital), including: news reporting; feature writing; interview techniques; developing stories; shorthand; using social media; and media law and ethics. The course will also ensure that apprentices gain a detailed understanding of how the courts, public services and government in the UK work and how they impact on the public and the media.

The successful applicants will also work for four days each week in the Evening Standard or Independent newsrooms, learning on the job from our experienced editorial staff. In the first year of the apprenticeship, our apprentices will rotate between our features, online and sports departments. In the second year, experience may be gained on other desks and greater specialisation might be possible. There may also be opportunities for apprentices to get a taste of broadcast journalism, working with London Live, a new TV channel to be launched in 2014 which will have its base in our existing newsrooms.

It is anticipated that once apprentices have successfully completed their Advanced Apprenticeship and obtained the associated NCTJ qualification, they will be very well-placed to compete for junior reporting or writing jobs at our titles.

Apprenticeships will be offered on the basis of a salary of c. £13,800 p/a

How to Apply

Applications for the Evening Standard & Independent Apprenticeships are invited from individuals from all backgrounds. Successful candidates are likely to have at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C (including English and Maths) or equivalent. Other indicators may be considered in assessing a candidate’s ability to write and communicate effectively. Basic PC skills are essential.

Successful applicants will be self-motivated and be willing to learn new skills quickly in a busy environment. They should have the ability to interact with a wide cross-section of people and have the confidence to work under pressure. Commitment to the job and punctuality are vital.

Applications for the positions should be made in writing to Will Gore, Deputy Managing Editor, London Evening Standard, Independent, Independent on Sunday & i, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5EE – or by email to Candidates should send a CV and a covering letter explaining why they want to become an Evening Standard & Independent Apprentice and why they believe they are suited to a career in journalism.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 14 June. Successful candidates will be invited for interview and assessment in mid- to late-June. Any questions about the scheme should be directed to our HR department using the email address above (with ‘Apprenticeship Query’ in the subject box).