NCTJ video filmed by Sky Sports to promote journalism apprenticeships is released

The body responsible for training journalists has released a new video highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships.

The KM Group, which publishes this website, was among the first employers to join the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) apprenticeship scheme.

We currently have two editorial apprentices, Daniel Wright and Josie Hannett, who joined the company straight from school.

The video was commissioned by the NCTJ to raise awareness of the training scheme as a route into journalism.

It features contributions from apprentices, training providers and employers from the newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online sectors and was partly filmed at our Whitstable office.

James Kilpatrick, Sky Sports News’ first journalism apprentice, was instrumental in the production of the video and is featured as one of the contributors.

A group of employers representing regional and national newspapers, magazines,broadcasters and online media, together with the NCTJ, were chosen by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2013 to develop an apprenticeship standard for junior journalists (level 3).

The KM Group's editorial apprentice Dan Wright works for press, radio and online
The KM Group's editorial apprentice Dan Wright works for press, radio and online

This was published in August 2014 and the group are now leading the development of a higher-level apprenticeship, the first of its kind for journalists, which will offer a progression route for those who complete the level 3 apprenticeship.

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: "The journalism apprenticeships areproving to be a very popular route into the industry with both new recruits and employers.

"All of the apprentices I have met have shown great enthusiasm, which I think is demonstrated in this video, and we are fortunate to be working with a dedicated team of employers from across the industry in the development of our apprenticeship programme."

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