Journalism Apprenticeships – The Complete List Of UK Schemes

We’ll start off with the basics first – yes, you can do an apprenticeship in journalism. No degree needed. There is a growing list of apprenticeships across the UK media and, as ever, we’re here to ensure you can keep track of them all.

As always, we aim to update this list every week – but please do get in touch if there’s something not quite right, or you spot something we’ve missed. If you’re worried about missing updates, you can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to get free monthly reminders of when apprenticeship schemes are closing.

Opportunities in green are currently open at the time of writing, while those in orange are expected to open on time as we’ve conducted checks! If something is in black, we’ve based this on data from the previous year.

List updated June 17

June

Internships, Radio Free EuropeApply ASAP
Several internships are available here across multiple disciplines, including multimedia, translation, production and audio.

Work Experience Programmes, Fulwell73 Apply ASAP
Numerous paid and freelance opportunities, from production to development.

Sound, Video, and Broadcast Apprenticeship, The Royal Opera House – Closes June 17
Based in Covent Garden, London, this apprenticeship pays £25,282.40 for 42.5 hours per week. This opportunity focuses on skills in sound, video, and broadcast technologies in live event production within the performing arts industry. You’ll train with some of the busiest stages in the world, using state-of-the-art technology and experienced mentors.

Warner Bros Studios Reach Apprenticeships – Closes June 30
Always a popular scheme, the Warner Bros Studios Reach Apprenticeships offer opportunities in Marketing and Facilities. This is a great scheme if you’re looking to break into the film and production industry.

Bloomberg Apprenticeship: Junior Broadcast JournalistDue to Reopen 2024
A 12-15 month programme starting in September, combines practical training with a curated education plan.

BBC Apprentice Hub Content Creator -Closed June 21
This is a Level 3, paid apprenticeship role with the BBC where you will maximise understanding of digital media platforms while briefing, researching and preparing messages to maximise audience engagement.

Global Broadcast Journalist Apprenticeships – Closed June 30
Positions in Manchester and Birmingham are available in partnership with LBC News. Lasts 24 months, and includes training for an L5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. 

July

Prime Video: Edit AssistantClosed July 3
Kickstart your career in TV with an apprenticeship in filming and editing. A chance to work across a wide variety of Prime Video productions, e.g. UEFA Champions League or Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Includes bespoke training from London South Bank University.

The Sun News Reporter Apprenticeship – Closed July 6
Set yourself up for an exciting career in journalism with one of the UK’s best-selling newsrooms. If you have your finger on the pulse when it comes to news, and you’re a stickler for crystal copy, this role is for you.  Includes training and exposure to some of the best in the industry.

The Sun Subeditor Apprenticeship – Closed July 6
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to break into the journalism industry. In this role, you will be taught by some of the finest Fleet Street subs to write headlines, and ensure articles are correct, legally sound and prepared for production. This role will involve working evenings and some weekends.

The Sun Sports Subeditor Apprenticeship – Closed July 6
If you have a knack for anything and everything sport, this role could hit the goalpost. This paid apprenticeship allows you to train alongside the best sports journalists in the industry.

Muddy Stilettos Editorial Assistant – Senior Journalist Apprenticeship – Closed July 16
If you’ve got your eye on a role in the UK’s biggest lifestyle site for fun-loving, cosmopolitan women outside London, this apprenticeship is for you. A paid opportunity including training and qualifications in journalism.

Camera Operator Apprenticeship, ITN News – Closed July 26
This opportunity closes soon, so get your applications in! Based in Grays Inn Road London, you’ll be trained how to create high digital and video content for all ITV News platforms. 

PA Training Junior Sports Journalist Apprenticeship – Closed July 28
This one will be popular, so be aware this opportunity may close early. If you’ve got an eye and passion for sport but lack journalistic experience, this apprenticeship might be for you. Provides NCTJ training across multiple newsrooms across the country.

Social Media Content Apprentice, Nest Box Live – Closed July 31
You’ll be over in Liverpool for this one. As a Content Creator, you will work alongside the founder to create short videos, Reels, and TikTok’s using the vast library of raw footage from the network of cameras. You will also study towards a Level 3 Content Creator apprenticeship training course.

August

TV Production Apprentice – Closed August 15
Train under the wings of professionals in this TV Production Apprenticeship in Manchester. Paid. 

Channel 4 Sharp Futures Creatives – Closed August 16
Opportunities in Leeds and Manchester for young creatives aged 16 – 24 to train in creative and digital content. Starting in September, you’ll learn about production techniques, digital storytelling, ideas generation and pitching skills.

Trainee Reporter, Liverpool Echo – Closed August 30
Learn while you earn with in-house and with the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Based in St. Paul’s Square, you’ll learn the ins and outs of one of the UK’s busiest newsrooms. No qualifications are required, just a passion for the region and the people of Merseyside. 

September

National Film and Television School’s Prime Video Traineeships – Closed September 14
Based in Glasgow or Beaconsfield, this top traineeship offers 12 months of on-the-job experience. You’ll find your feet in the industry and develop a specialism while gaining an NFTS Certificate in Production. 

Content Assistant Internship, Brentford FC x Whisper – Closed September 22
Get on the ball with this Content Assistant Internship with a Premier League team! You’ll be reporting to both Brentford and Whisper, working across editing, filming, scriptwriting, and production; this internship is for you.

September

The Juice Content Creator Apprenticeship – Closed September 28
A paid Level 3 Content Creator Apprenticeship based in Manchester lasting 13 – 15 months. You will be responsible for generating new ideas, and implementing digital strategies.

October
Marketing Assistant Apprenticeship
Closed October 2
If you’re hankering to do something different, a paid apprenticeship with an award-winning agency could be just the ticket. As a passionate, charismatic, self-motivated Marketing Apprentice, you will support the marketing team while managing our agency’s social media and digital marketing channels.

The Economist, Digital FellowshipClosed October 7
12-month contract working across The Economist’s digital media team. No previous experience is required. 

Times Radio Broadcast Apprenticeship – Closed October 8
A TalkTV apprenticeship is a gateway to a great career in broadcasting. As an apprentice, you will earn above the living wage, get full training, 4 days a week with TalkTV and 1 day a week studying — including an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

TalkTV TV Studio and Gallery Apprentice – Closed October 8
A two-year apprenticeship in London refining your skills in broadcasting. In this role, you will work 4 days a week while studying for your Level 3 Production Assistant qualification.

TalkSPORT.com Apprentice Sports Writer – Closed October 8
Join the team at talkSPORT.com while studying for your NCTJ on this 2-year-long apprenticeship. 

The Sun Trainee Sports Writer Vikki Orvice Scholarship – Closed October 9
If you’ve got what it takes to become a spectacular sports journalist, this scholarship could be for you. The recipient of the Vikki Orvice scholarship will earn above living wage, get full training,including an NCTJ Diploma in journalism, with all course fees paid. You will also receive mentoring and coaching. 

Trainee Journalist, The Scottish Sun – Closed October 29
Work for one of Scotland’s most popular newsrooms. You will get full training – including an NCTJ Diploma in journalism – with all your course fees paid, while earning a living wage.

November

Social Media Intern, Laurence Dickinson Clarke – Closed November 13
Put your creative and digital media skills to the test with this internship with Laurence Dickinson Clarke, where you will be handling the Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook channels for the company. Pays National Minimum Wage and you can work from either Salford or London. 

Entertainment Journalist Apprentice (Music and Culture of Black Origin), The Sun – Closes November 19
Two entertainment apprenticeships are available over at The Sun’s London offices. This position will have you showcase music and culture of Black origin, and it is supported by the MOBO group. This apprenticeship pays £25,000pa. 

BBC Journalism Apprenticeship (Level 7) – Closes November 20
Formerly known as the JTS, this scheme is highly competitive! Opportunities in London, Brighton and Guilford, Cardiff, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Orkney and Salford. This is a Level 7 Apprenticeship, paid Band C and includes rigorous training, including fully funded training for the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

Apprentice Junior Journalist, Tindle Newspapers – Closed November 24
This is an entry level apprenticeship with no experience required. On an average day, you can expect to work with editorial teams, writing and filling stories across news, features and sports, both in print and digitally. As part of the role, you will achieve your NCTJ qualification. 

WarnerBros Journalist Assistant Intern – Closed November 28
An internship for a French-speaking intern, who will be part of the WarnerBros Paris-based CNN office. They will assist the local team in producing TV and written reports.

Marketing Publishing Apprentice, Pan Macmillan – Closed November 30 
Gain hands-on experience in the publishing process, from conception to sales. Responsibilities include SEO strategies, data-driven marketing campaigns, video content creation, and website maintenance. No prior digital marketing experience is necessary, just an eagerness to learn, proficiency in common applications, strong communication skills, and adaptability in a fast-paced environment.

December

Bloomberg TV Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed December 22
Gain hands-on experience in television news. Eligibility requires 5 GCSEs, three A-levels, and a passion for broadcast news.

January

Which? Communications Apprenticeship Closed January 3
A Level 3 Apprenticeship teaching you deliver creative communications for internally and externally. Can be remote.

Evening Standard Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed January 5
A two year contract where successful applicants complete an apprenticeship with the Evening Standard. Paid, with an NCTJ qualification.

Apple News Fellowship, Apple Media Services Development Programme – Closed January 31
A 12 month scheme with the curation team at Apple News – no degree needed. You’ll also complete a personal project.

BBC Journalism Apprenticeship Advanced – Closed January 8
An advanced apprenticeship scheme for applicants aged 18 or over, in numerous locations across the UK. Successful applicants will have a chance to study and learn on the job for a Level 7 Apprenticeship and the industry recognised NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ)

BBC Journalism Apprenticeship Advanced (Welsh Language/Ym Cymraeg) – Closed January 8
An advanced apprenticeship scheme for applicants aged 18 or over, in numerous locations across Wales. Successful applicants will have a chance to study and learn on the job for a Level 7 Apprenticeship and the industry recognised NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ)

Journalist Researcher Apprenticeship Level 5, BBC Salford Sport – Closed January 8
This Level 5 Journalist Researcher apprenticeship at the BBC offers a starting salary of £20,475, providing a unique opportunity for school leavers or career changers to receive top-notch journalism training. Work alongside BBC news and sports teams, develop journalistic skills, and pursue an NCTJ Diploma, with the apprenticeship typically leading to a Journalism Researcher role at the BBC upon completion.

Journalist Apprentice, Newsquest (London) – Closes January 17
Paid National Apprenticeship Wage for the first year while you complete your NCTJ at Darlington College. You will spend five days working on the job, and one day studying.

Baltic Apprenticeships Content CreatorClosed January 28
Plop that creative hat on! Viessmann Limited, based in Telford, is searching for a Content Creator to join their marketing team. You will be supporting the Digital Marketing manager to deliver engaging content while getting to grips with monitoring digital activity, advertising campaigns and creating videos for social media.  You’ll also work towards your Level 3 Content Creator qualification.

Apprentice Communications Assistant, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundations TrustClosed January 31
This is an 18-month role where an enthusiastic and engaged Communications Assistant will get hands-on experience of external and internal communications. Paid £22,816 to £24,336 per year, on a pro rata basis.

February

Buzz Digital Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed February 11
An NCTJ apprenticeship offering an opportunity to explore Welsh art, events and culture. Can work from home, with a 30 – 40 hour contract.

BBC Journalism Fast Track Apprenticeship – Closed February 12
No NCTJ? No problem. This fast-track apprenticeship into journalism will place you across BBC newsrooms in the UK. You will learn on the job and develop the skills needed to become a Junior Researcher.

BBC Production Fast Track Apprenticeship – Closed February 12
Just like the Journalism Fast Track scheme, this flagship apprenticeship offers a streamlined pathway into production. You will learn from some of the best producers in the industry while gaining skills to become one of the following: a Runner; a Junior Researcher; a Content Assistant; an Edit Assistant; or a Technical Operator.

BBC Production Advanced Trainee Scheme – Closed February 14
A paid traineeship and apprenticeship offering extensive training and expertise in radio, TV and production. Broad experiences on offer, including (but not limited to) opportunities to cover current affairs, education, drama and sport. 

Production Assistant Apprentice, Liverpool Films Office Closed February 20
This is an exciting apprenticeship in the heart of Liverpool’s Films Office. You’ll have the chance to expand on your knowledge of the film and TV industry, while developing crucial screen skills. Pays £22,366 per year. 

ITV News Traineeship  Closed February 21
This is a nine-month programme in which you will be based in one of ITV’s regional newsrooms. You will receive training and work as a journalist in the ITV newsroom.

Dazed Media Internship – Closed February 24
This is a full-time, paid, and flexible internship with an option for remote working. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. They must be aged 18 – 25 and can apply regardless of economic background. 

ITV News Traineeship –Closed February 25
A nine-month programme where you will be based in one of ITV’s regional newsrooms. You’ll receive training and work as a journalist in the ITV newsroom.

Bloomberg Apprenticeship: Broadcast Production Assistant – Closed February 28
A 12-15 month programme starting in September, combines practical training with a curated education plan.

PR and Communications Assistant Apprenticeship, Nuclear Restoration Services (Formerly Magnox Ltd)Closed February 29
A two year apprenticeship where you will work on internal and external communications for a high-profile industry, supporting a team managing relationships and activities across the UK. Ideal for those aged 17 or over with GCSEs in English, an interest in Nuclear/engineering, time management skills, attention to detail, and a creative, proactive approach. Paid £15,433 initially, with increments.

March

Summer Internship Scheme, International Building Press Closed March 1
This is a four-week, paid placement that will give you a chance to build on your media skills alongside seasoned construction journalists and PR experts. It includes opportunities for mentorship and constructive feedback.

Spotify Internships 2024 – Closed March 15
Get to grips with podcasting and original content creation with the team over at Spotify. This is a paid internship, lasting 10 weeks and starting in June. You can see other internships here.

April

Science Writing Internship, The Royal Society of Chemistry – Closed April 1
This is an astronomical opportunity for those invested in science communication! This internship will give you the platform to demonstrate enthusiasm for writing. You’ll generate ideas for the website and build on contacts to create new stories. It is good for current students or recent graduates. 

The Telegraph Newsroom Apprenticeship Closed April 5
It’s back! The Telegraph are again looking for talented and ambitious apprentices to join their editorial publishing team in January 2023. This two-year programme will lead to top-level journalism training alongside NCTJ accreditation, alongside mentorship and on-the-job experience.

The Juice Academy – Closed April 18
Currently looking for apprentices to fill up to 20 exciting social media/content production vacancies. During your first year, you will be paid a minimum salary of £12,000.

Social Media Apprentice, Heaton Group Development Ltd (Wigan) – Closed April 22
This role as a Social Media Apprentice will have you take the helm for brainstorming, creating, and evaluating engaging content across various platforms, implementing digital marketing strategies, and staying updated on industry trends. Flexible working options, and paid £16,000 per year. 

Digital Production Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
Based in Leeds, this apprenticeship will see you take the reigns of campaign delivery and content creation. This can include creating footage requests, quality assurance, social research, sharing digital team work, ideas pitching and many more.

Daytime and Features, Commisioning Apprentice – Closed April 22
In this paid apprenticeship, you will provide administrative support to the Daytime & Features team. Based in Glasgow, you will manage diaries and take charge of program journey oversight. 

Press Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
This apprenticeship will provide an array of press experiences. One day might see you handling inquiries and uploading press releases, whereas another may see you providing program info to journalists, managing media, and using social media for outreach.

Junior Announcer Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
This is another great apprenticeship opportunity at 4Creative. In this role, you will write compelling promotional scripts for Channel 4’s streaming service, refine them based on feedback, and deliver them live. Additionally, you will record and edit audio content for both linear channels and streaming platforms, ensuring alignment with marketing messaging and prompt response to various business needs.

Platform Editor Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
Yet another apprenticeship to apply for within 4Creative, this one is based in London. In this role, you will be enhancing Channel 4’s streaming platform for optimal user experience, fostering viewer engagement and retention. Some of your responsibilities will include aiding the editorial team, effectively promoting content, managing shows, curating data, and collaborating on platform tasks.

Streaming Digital Marketing Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
4Creative really do have apprenticeships covering all bases. This one will cover all aspects of digital marketing and provide valuable experience for anyone aspiring to break into PR and communications. 

Marketing Analytics Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
Another marketing apprenticeship with 4Creative, this one being based in London but with a hybrid option. You will be overseeing the data and analytical side of marketing, while dipping your toes into data segments for audience activation, and sourcing new and existing data sources from a variety of technology platforms.

Picture Editor Apprentice, 4Creative – Closed April 22
If that title alone doesn’t grab your interest, maybe the tasks will. In this role you’ll be in charge of designing captivating imagery for all content. You’ll learn how to caption, tag, and organize them in the asset management system. You’ll also collaborate with external picture desks, and support Picture Commissioners in brainstorming photoshoot ideas.

Marketing and Social Media Assistant, Dobson Fine Jewellery – Closed April 23
As a Multi-Channel Marketer Apprentice, you’ll be contributing to impactful marketing campaigns focused on jewellery and watches. Your role will see you implementing marketing strategies, responding to customer inquiries, and providing administrative support. 

May

Production Internship, AlbourneTV – Closed 
A chance to get some real-world experience operating within a TV communications team. You will learn how to build relationships with shareholders, develop knowledge of best practice, and how to develop compelling content. No academic experience required but a working knowledge of Adobe software, especially Premiere Pro, would be beneficial.

The Financial Times Newsroom Apprenticeship Programme – Closed May 9
Get your financial journalism career underway here with this partnership programme between The Financial Times and Manchester Evening News. This new scheme is aimed at helping young people from under-represented groups start a career in journalism. Degree not required. 

Reach PLC Journalism Apprenticeships – Closed May 13
There are several apprenticeships available in Liverpool, Newcastle, London, Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow, and Birmingham. These paid apprenticeships pay a Living Wage (depending on region) and give you the chance to explore storytelling, interviewing, and camera work within your community. You will also receive mentorship and connect with fellow interns for support and growth.

Rad Scotland TV Traineeship – Closed May 14
Work alongside an independent Scottish TV company for eight months. This is a paid opportunity which includes full training throughout the placement. This is especially geared for people who are underrepresented in the industry. 

COPA Beat the Bias Internship – Closed May 26
You’ll need to be from a minority ethnic background and aged 18 – 25 for this opportunity. This internship will give you a 360 experience of the world of football marketing and creative advertising, access to industry contacts from COPA90, and invaluable behind-the-scenes experience in sports media.

The Spectator Internship Scheme – Closed May 31
The Spectator’s anonymised internship scheme is back for 2024! Four schemes in Editorial, Politics and Broadcast. Remember: strictly no CVs!