Why we’ve created a NationalWorld apprenticeship - and how to apply

The media industry needs to do more to reflect its audience. That’s why we’ve created a new apprentice opportunity for three aspiring journalists

We have three vacancies for apprentices at NationalWorld (Graphic: Kim Mogg / JPI)
We have three vacancies for apprentices at NationalWorld (Graphic: Kim Mogg / JPI)

For young, aspiring journalists, the media industry can seem like an impenetrable castle. Impossible to break into, unless you have a connection on the inside.

This impression is not helped by the cliché that it’s a case of ‘who you know’, not ‘what you know’.

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Earlier this week, one journalist tweeted: “Cronyism is an awkward one for us to address in journalism. Hard to find someone who can write about it who isn’t a son, daughter, sister, brother, other half of someone etc important who fixed it for them to get their job in the first place”

Perhaps they have a point. Perhaps cronyism still is an issue – especially at the London-based national newspapers.

But this tweet was also met with a barrage of replies from those of us in the industry who haven’t been lucky enough to have had a parent or family member who could give us a break.

Yet the awkward truth is that, as an industry, there’s still a long, long way to go, if we truly want to reflect our audience.

That’s why NationalWorld is creating three new apprenticeships (two news and one sport) aimed at school and college leavers, aged 18-24.

We’re not looking for amazing qualifications. We want to hear from people with energy, enthusiasm, fresh ideas and a different perspective.

People who want to learn, with the drive and determination to seize this opportunity with both hands.

So, what’s in it for you?

- Get a professional journalism qualification, the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

- Have the opportunity to earn a wage while learning your trade

- All college fees paid by us

- Professional training plus ongoing support

- A personal mentor to help you through the apprenticeship

- An 18-month contract starting this summer

- 26 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays

- Four days per week at work, and one day a week in college

Want to apply? It’s easy...

Write an email with your name, age, address and contact details, telling us - in no more than 300 words - what you are doing now and why you would make a great apprentice.

Send this to [email protected] with the subject APPRENTICE NATIONALWORLD NEWS or APPRENTICE NATIONALWORLD SPORT.

But hurry – you only have until tomorrow (2 July) to get your application in.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: [email protected]

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