Express & Star apprenticeship scheme will train new generation of news hounds

Fancy being at the heart of a fast-paced 24/7 news operation? Well then, here’s your chance.

Express & Star editor Keith Harrison

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The Express & Star is today launching an apprenticeship scheme to train the next generation of newshounds – and if you think you’ve got what it takes to be at the centre of a buzzing newsroom then this is the perfect opportunity.

The apprenticeship scheme will be run in conjunction with City of Wolverhampton College, with successful candidates spending their time learning the ropes on Britain’s biggest regional newspaper at its Queen Street headquarters. From news reporting, including finding and writing accurate and interesting copy, features and online material, to reporting on the region’s sporting events and using the latest digital forums to deliver the news, the scheme will give apprentices an all-round grounding in journalism.

The 18-month course will also include a creative design element, working alongside the editorial artist in page design, graphics and artwork.

Express & Star editor Keith Harrison said: “There is a national drive to tackle youth unemployment and promote the use of apprenticeships and the Express & Star is keen to play a prominent role in that.

“We have found a great partner in Wolverhampton College which has lined up a fantastic training programme for the apprentices to provide the Express & Star with fully qualified multi-platform journalists. ”

The Express & Star has a circulation of 90,000 and has five localised editions, serving the Mid Staffordshire across the Black Country and into Worcestershire.

As part of the scheme, the five apprentices will work a 37-hour week, including some weekends, and attend college one day a week to work towards the NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism Practice. They will be paid the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

Those wishing to apply need five GCSEs including A-C level English or equivalent.

  • To apply, visit the Apprenticeship homepage.
  • Type in City of Wolverhampton College as the learning provider.
  • Select location as West Midlands.
  • The vacancy is reference number VAC000461622 – Multi Platform Journalism Apprentice.
  • The closing date is July 18.

College Employer Responsive Coordinator Gail Burton said: “Apprenticeships are successful when industry and colleges work and support each other, and I am looking forward to working closely with the Express & Star to help give the reporters of the future the best start in their careers.”

Deputy Principal Claire Boliver added: “Our journalism course has been named the best performing in the country for the last three years and I am delighted that we are building on that success by working with the biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain.”

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