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 are a growing list of apprenticeships across the UK media and, as ever, we’re here to make sure 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 August 10

August

The Juice Content Creator and Social Media Apprenticeship – Apply ASAP
A paid Level 3 Content Creator Apprenticeship based in Manchester lasting 13 – 15 months. You will be in charge of generating new ideas, and implementing digital strategies.

September

Birmingham Hippodrome Digital Content Apprentice Expected To Re-Open In September 2022
A Birmingham-based apprenticeship offering full training both on and off the job, with an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Digital Marketing.

talkSport Apprenticeship – Expected To Re-Open In September 2022
A training scheme across audio, social and live shows, including an NCTJ qualification with PA Training.

October

The Royal Ballet School Communications, PR and Marketing Apprentice – Expected To Re-Open In October 2022
A Level 4 Apprenticeship working across all areas of PR, comms and marketing. The two-year scheme pays £17,500pa.

Reach Plc Apprentice Journalist – Expected To Re-Open In October 2022
A paid, fully-funded opportunity to work alongside Reach Plc’s Google Showcase team while studying for an NCTJ diploma.

Junior Journalist Apprentice at PA News – Expected To Re-Open In October 2022
A two-year scheme with one news and one sport track. Includes newsroom training and a 17-week NCTJ-approved journalism course. 

Senior Journalist Apprentice at PA NewsExpected To Re-Open In October 2022
Similar to the above, but you need to have a recognised journalism qualification including media law and shorthand at 100wpm.

December

ITN Junior Journalist ApprenticeshipsExpected To Re-Open in 2022
12 and 18-month apprenticeships with both ITV News and 5 News, including both newsroom experience and training with PA Media.

The Sun Photography Apprenticeship – Closed December 3, 2021
Hands-on experience working in one of the UK’s largest newsrooms learning about news and photography.  

BBC Broadcast Operator Apprenticeship Closed December 15, 2021
A level three apprenticeship which will leave you fully qualified across camera operations, vision mixing, sound and vision editing etc.

January

Which? Communications Apprenticeship Closed January 3, 2022
A Level 3 Apprenticeship teaching you deliver creative communications for internally and externally. Can be remote.

Evening Standard Journalism Apprenticeship – Closed January 5, 2022
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 Broadcast Technical Operator Apprentice – Closes January 31
Get hands-on experience as a technical broadcast operator in the studio, on location and behind the camera, honing your skills in filming, sound, editing and producing – all while studying for an L3 (A-Level equivalent) broadcast tech operator qualification. Applications considered for a variety of UK locations, with a particular need for applicants considering Cardiff, Jersey, Newcastle or Norwich as their main base of operations.

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 Apprenticeship Advanced – Closed February 14
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 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. 

BBC Journalism Apprenticeship Advanced (Welsh Language/Ym Cymraeg) – Closed February 14
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)

ITV News Traineeship  Closed February 21
A nine-month programme where you will be based in one of ITV’s regional newsrooms. You’ll receive training as well as working as a journalist in the ITV newsroom.

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

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

March

EuroNews and AfricaNews Apprenticeship 2022Closed March 31
A fantastic opportunity for successful candidates to embark on a two-year diploma, enrolling in one of France’s most prestigious journalism schools, while training in one of Europe’s leading newsrooms in Lyon. Includes tuition fees and a monthly salary between €800 and €1,000 during the two-year programme. Must hold a bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of C1 French.

BBC Journalism Fast Track Apprenticeship – Closed March 14
A paid, fast track apprenticeship for school leavers wishing to break into the journalism industry. Situated in a variety of locations across the UK, and includes training for a Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

BBC Production Apprenticeship Fast Track England – Closed March 14
An 18-month Level 3 apprenticeship for anyone who is passionate about content and looking for their first step into the media industry. Placements across multiple UK BBC offices, and the completion of either a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Broadcast Production Assistant or a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Junior Content Producer.

BBC Production Apprenticeship Fast Track Scotland – Closed March 14
An 18-month Level 3 apprenticeship for anyone who is passionate about content and looking for their first step into the media industry. Placements across multiple BBC offices, and the completion of either a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Broadcast Production Assistant or a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Junior Content Producer.

BBC Production Apprenticeship Fast Track Wales (Welsh Language/Ym Cymraeg) – Closed March 14
An 18-month Level 3 apprenticeship for anyone who is passionate about content and looking for their first step into the media industry. Offers a placement in Cardiff, and the completion of either a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Broadcast Production Assistant or a Level 3 Apprenticeship as a Junior Content Producer.

April

The Juice Academy – Closed April
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.

May

PA Media Junior Journalist Apprentice – NewsClosed May 31
You’ll be taught all the skills you’ll need to work in one of PA’s multimedia newsrooms on a 17-week NCTJ-approved journalism course with PA Training. The course will cover 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.

June

COPA Beat the Bias Internship – Closed June 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.

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. 

PR Apprenticeship – Liz Male Consulting Limited – Closed June 30
A paid apprenticeship covering general administrative tasks, sending copy to third parties, social media management, campaign management and pitching for press coverage. No formal qualifications required — you just need to pass initial assessments in Maths and English.

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.

Channel 4 Sharp Futures Creatives – Closed July 4
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.

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 an amazing 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. Paid apprenticeship which allows you to train alongside the very 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.

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.