Employers will reap “huge rewards” from journalism apprenticeships

At the Society of Editors seminar on Monday 7th April, Joanne Butcher, CEO of NCTJ, told regional editors that investing in journalism apprenticeships can bring huge rewards for them.

Reforms to government programmes are simplifying the bureaucracy around hiring and training apprentices, and employers will gain further control over what their apprentices learn.

Joanne Butcher said: “All the journalism apprentices I have met come with a passion and tremendous enthusiasm for journalism. The investment you make can bring huge rewards. Editors say this enthusiasm can be infectious in the newsroom and can have a positive impact on the team morale.”

The Duke of York was also part of the panel. He said: “Young people should have the opportunity to choose the route that is best for them. Many young people today feel that they are demotivated and they are not able to aspire to recognise that they are capable of achieving something more. The apprenticeship route is not the route to cheap labour it is about gaining a skill.”

Joanne Butcher added: “The apprenticeship scheme provides an alternative route into journalism for those who want to benefit from learning while they work. Developed by employers in the industry in conjunction with the NCTJ, this new qualification promises to meet the same exacting standards we expect from all NCTJ trainees. We hope this initiative will be another way of improving diversity, making journalism accessible by supporting people who prefer to earn while they learn.”