Local news publisher relaunches apprenticeship scheme

Iliffe Media apprentice Maddy Baillie is now a trainee reporter at the Rutland & Stamford Mercury

Local news publisher Iliffe Media has launched an apprenticeship scheme to help find the stars of the future.

Iliffe, which runs titles including Kent Online, Suffolk News and a string of weeklies around the country, has released a video encouraging would-be apprentices to apply.

Iliffe Editorial director Ian Carter said: “It’s set many journalists on the road to fantastic careers and I’d love to hear from people who may not think they have the ‘right’ background.”

Barry Peters, editor of Suffolk News, wrote on his site: “It is a fantastic way to get a foot into the door of a highly competitive industry and take the first steps on a fascinating and rewarding career.

“We are keen to hear from candidates from all backgrounds to ensure our newsrooms reflect the diverse communities they serve.”

The scheme is suitable for either school leavers or students who have studied an unrelated course. Students who have already undertaken a journalism course are not eligible.

The job will combine real-life newsroom experience, working on both print and digital platforms, with remote learning at a leading journalism college.

The apprenticeship lasts for two years, after which you may be offered a full-time position as a trainee reporter.

Previous apprentices have either remained with the company and now work in senior managerial positions, others have joined the likes of the BBC and ITV.

Details of the apprenticeships are being advertised on Iliffe titles around the country, with details on how to apply locally on each site.

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